Fall 2012

Modernism 101 or, The Shock of the New

Listed in: English, as ENGL-119


Patrick Pritchett (Section 01)


In 1852, Karl Marx observed that “The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.”  Modernism–the aesthetic response to the experience of modernity–can be understood as a way to cast off that nightmare through the revolutionary force of the new.  In this course, arranged around thematic clusters such as The City, Alienation, Primitivism, The New Woman, War, Speed, and Consciousness, we will range widely through European and Anglo-American writers, painters, musicians, and filmmakers from the late nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries as we look at the explosion of styles and approaches that characterize modernism in all its dazzling vivacity and disruption.

Preference given to first-year students.  Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Visiting Lecturer Pritchett.


Artistic Practice


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014