European culture since 1920 W18 (EURO*3300)
Code and section: EURO*3300*01
Term: Winter 2018
Instructor: A. McDougall
This course explores major trends in European culture in the context of political
and social events following World War I. The focus will be on political events and their significance for culture (e.g. fascism, World War II, the Holocaust and repercussions in the second half of the 20th century, the political reorganization of Europe, protest
movements), new trends in thought (e.g. existentialism, structuralism, postmodernism,
feminism) and the arts and letters (e.g. neorealism, epic theatre, new wave cinema).
Students will acquire critical tools and apply appropriate interdisciplinary
methodologies to explain the interaction between cultural trends and social and
political developments in (mainly) France, Italy, Germany and Spain from the
1920s to the 1980s. Students will contextualize cultural products in a variety of genres and media (from literature, film, art, music) within an historical, ideological and aesthetic context. They will also enhance their critical and creative thinking as well as reinforce their literacy, global understanding and intercultural communicative competence.
Method of presentation:
Lecture and in-class discussion