Modernism and the avant-garde
Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)Modul:
Course code: 72
Contact hours: lectures 30 hours, seminar 30 hours, consultation 30 hours
Course type: elective
Languages: Slovenian, English
Teaching and learning methods: lectures, seminar
Co-lecturer: Andraž Jež, Ph.D.
Content (Syllabus outline)
The aim of the lectures is to provide a consistent explanation of the discursive formation of modernism. The historical concept of modernism is explained from the perspective of comparative literary studies, linguistics, and philosophy. The complexity of modernist strategies, which is included in the period logic, can validly reveal its specific stipulations only by delineating the concepts of modernism and the Moderne, and modernism and the avant-garde. Dilemmas regarding the establishment of the concept of modernism in individual European literatures result from modernist heterogeneity and planetarity. The lectures discuss the crisis of consciousness and the logic of the modernist shift, the historical avant-garde in southeast Europe, and the connections between modernism and avant-gardism on the one hand and other artistic practices on the other. Slovenian material is included in the comparative contexts.
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Objectives and competences
Students are introduced to the historical bases for distinguishing between the concepts of the “Moderne,” “modernity,” “modernism,” and “avant-garde.” They learn about the poetics and philosophical grounds of modernist works in poetry, prose, and drama, and become acquainted with the linguistic-cultural and historical versions of modernism in Europe and elsewhere. They are familiarized with the role of avant-garde practices in Slovenia and southeast Europe, and learn the techniques of reading and analyzing modernist and avant-garde texts.
Intended learning outcomes
Students use the knowledge acquired in the course to write a piece of academic writing that can serve as a draft of a dissertation chapter or a research article.
Long written assignment (70 %), presentation (20 %), Active participation in lectures and seminars (10 %).