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Modernism and the City. Vienna. Paris. Berlin - Germ 450, SP16

October 29, 2015

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The turn of the 20th century was a time of extreme transition, as millions of people moved to the cities to find work and partake in new forms of urban life. Technology and science developed at a pace that would have been unimaginable even decades before; social norms and values were radically reconsidered as the middle and working classes gained economic and social clout; art and culture fell inescapably under the influence of the masses, as film and new media provided access and entertainment to millions of people at once. In the cultural products of the tumultuous period 1890-1930, the very idea of being human - human as cultural, social, political, sensory and physical being - needed to be reconceptualized for a modern century. In this course, we will focus on three cities - Vienna, Paris, and Berlin - and a number of examples from both high and mass culture (literature, visual arts, film, music, architecture, science and technology) as reflections of these profound developments.

Readings and discussion in German


Taught by Professor Therese Augst,

M 3-4:30pm, TH 3:30 - 5pm

Spring 2016

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