Humanities 220

Spring 2014 Syllabus

Texts for this course

Flaubert, Madame Bovary (Penguin)
Baudelaire, Flowers of Evil (Oxford UP)
Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals (Vintage)
Darwin: Darwin (Norton)
Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Norton)
Freud, The Freud Reader (Norton)
Mann, Death in Venice (Norton)
Kafka, The Complete Stories (Schocken/Random House)
Fussell: The Great War and Modern Memory (Oxford)
Jünger, On Pain (Telos)
Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich)
Kracauer, The Salaried Masses (Verso)
Arendt, Origins of Totalitarianism (Harcourt)
Browning, Ordinary Men (Harper)
Levi, Survival in Auschwitz (Simon & Schuster)
Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism


Week 1 (Jan 27)

Flaubert, Madame Bovary

M: Death by Irony / Hugh Hochman

Week 2 (Feb 3)

Baudelaire, Flowers of Evil (selections by instructor)
Baudelaire, "The Painter of Modern Life" (e-reserves)
Optional: Wolff, "The Invisible Flaneuse," (e-reserves)
Art in Theory, 1815-1900, pp 509-520, 554-565 (e-reserves)
Image Gallery

M: Sign City: Baudelaire's Exile on Main Street / Hugh Hochman
W: No to Nana, or How Manet Flipped his Modernist Finger Back at Paris / Zirwat Chowdhury

Week 3 (Feb 10)

Darwin, Darwin Reader (selections by instructor)

M: On the Origins and Ends of Species / Benjamin Lazier

Week 4 (Feb 17)

Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals

M: Lessons in Alien Horticulture / Benjamin Lazier

Week 5 (Feb 24)

Freud, The Freud Reader (selections by instructor)

M: In Defense of Freud / Katja Garloff

Week 6 (Mar 3)

Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Perry, "Primitivism and the Modern" (e-reserves)
Image Gallery

M: Dreaming Jungles / Roger Porter
W: Gauguin, Conrad, and Colonialism / William Diebold

Week 7 (Mar 10)

Mann, Death in Venice
Kafka, The Complete Stories (selections by instructor)

M: A Plague on Both Your Houses / Roger Porter
W: Franz Kafka: Modernism and Displacement / Katja Garloff


Week 8 (Mar 24)

Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory, pp. 3-51, 75-82, 169-190, 326-335
Jünger, On Pain
Optional: Shantanu Das, "'An Ecstacy of fumbling': Gas Warfare, 1914-18 and the Uses of Affect (e-reserves)

M: Panel discussion on WWI with Mary Miller and Jan Mieszkowski

Week 9 (Mar 31)

Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
Georg Simmel, "The Metropolis and Modern Life" (e-reserves)

M: Clarissa Explains it All / Jay Dickson
F:  Lecture on Russian Revolution / Scott Smith

Week 10 (April 7)

Lenin, selections (e-reserves)
Trotsky, "Revolutionary and Socialist Art" (online)
Optional: Boris Arvatov, "Everyday Life and the Culture of the Thing (Toward the Formulation of the Question)," Christina Kiaer trans, October 81, (Summer, 1997): 119-128 (online)
Screening of Eisenstein, Battleship Potemkin, Tues and Wed, 6pm, VLH
Eisenstein, "The Montage of Attractions" (e-reserves)
Image Gallery

M: Eisenstein's Potemkin and the Politics of Avant-Garde Film / Katja Garloff
W: Constructivist Space: The Final Frontier / Zirwat Chowdhury

Week 11 (April 14)

Siegfried Kracauer, The Salaried Masses
Hannah Arendt, Origins of Totalitarianism (selections by instructor)

M: The Weimar Republic: Political Culture and Cultural Politics / Benjamin Lazier
W: Totalitarianism, or the Night of the Living Dead / Benjamin Lazier

Week 12 (April 21)

Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz
Paul Celan, "Death Fugue" (e-reserves)
Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men, pp. xv-xxii, 1-8, 39-77, 121-142, 159-189;
UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) (e-reserves);
UN Convention on Genocide (1948) (e-reserves)

M: The Holocaust and the Limits of Representation / Katja Garloff
W: How to Hate Nazis:  Four Suggestions / Benjamin Lazier

Week 13 (April 28)

Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism

M: In Search of a Humanism Made to the Measure of the World: Aimé Césaire's Discourse on Colonialism / Mary Ashburn Miller