COURSE DESCRIPTION

Modernism and the avant-garde


Programme:

Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)

Modul:
Literature in Context

Course code: 72

Year: undefined


Course principal:
Prof. Marko Juvan, Ph. D.

ECTS: 6

Contact hours: lectures 30 hours, seminar 30 hours, consultation 30 hours

Course type: elective

Languages: Slovenian

Teaching and learning methods: lectures, seminar

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.

 

Prerequisites

None.

 

Content (syllabus outline)

The aim of the lectures is to provide a consistent explanation and historical poetics of the discursive formation of modernism and its conception of the truth. 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 together with its contradictory systemic nature, 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 modernist responsibility of form, 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.

 

Reading list

  • Berg, Christian, et al., eds. The Turn of the Century: Modernism and Modernity in Literature and the Arts. Berlin: de Gruyter, 1995.
  • Bradbury, Malcolm, and James McFarlane, eds. Modernism, 18901930. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1991.
  • Bru, Sascha, et al., eds. Europa! Europa? The Avant-Garde, Modernism and the Fate of a Continent. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2009.
  • Bürger, Peter. Theory of the Avant-Garde. Transl. Michael Shaw. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1984.
  • Calinescu, Matei. Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism. Durham: Duke UP, 1987.
  • Caughie, Pamela, ed. Disciplining Modernism. New York: Palgrave, 2010.
  • Dović, Marijan. Slovenska zgodovinska avantgarda med kozmopolitizmom in perifernostjo. Svetovne književnosti in obrobja. Ed. Marko Juvan. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 2012. 297–320.
  • Eysteinsson, Ástráður. The Concept of Modernism. Cornell UP, 1992.
  • Eysteinsson, Ástráður, and Vivian Liska, eds. Modernism 1–2. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2007.
  • Fokkema, Douwe W. Literary History, Modernism and Postmodernism. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1984.
  • Giles, Steve, ed. Theorizing Modernism. Essays in Critical Theory. London: Routledge, 1993.
  • Husserl, Edmund. Kriza evropskega človeštva in filozofija. Transl. Tine Hribar. Maribor: Obzorja, 1989.
  • Juvan, Marko. Kosovel in hibridnost modernizma. Primerjalna književnost 28. special issue (2005): 57–71.
  • Juvan, Marko. Modernistična estetika emocij in lirski diskurz. Slavistična revija 58.1 (2010): 157–169.
  • Nicholls, Peter. Modernisms. A Literary Guide. Berkeley: U of California P, 1995.
  • Ross, Stephen, ed. Modernism and Theory: A Critical Debate. Abingdon (Oxon): Routledge 2009.
  • Škulj, Jola. Paul de Man in pojem modernizem. Primerjalna književnost 14.2 (1991): 41–49.
  • Škulj, Jola. Modernost in modernizem. Primerjalna književnost 18.2 (1995): 17–30.
  • Škulj, Jola. Dialogizem kot nefinalizirani koncept resnice: Literatura 20. stoletja in njena logika inkonkluzivnosti. Primerjalna književnost 19.2 (1996): 37–48.
  • Škulj, Jola. Modernizem in poteze v lirski, narativni in dramski formi. Primerjalna književnost 21.2 (1998): 45–74.
  • Whitworth, Michael H., ed. Modernism. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007.

 

Assessment

  • Active participation in lectures and seminars.
  • Students must write a term paper in order to take the exam.
  • Students then take an oral exam on all of the material covered in the course.

MODULE GENERAL ELECTIVE COURSES

Discourse theory and literature ǀ

Assist. Prof. Jernej Habjan, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

European literatures and nationalisms ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Marijan Dović, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

History of books and censorship ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Marijan Dović, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

Life writing: autobiography, biography, memoirs, diaries, and letters ǀ

Assist. Prof. Alenka Koron, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

Literary geography ǀ

Prof. Marko Juvan, Ph. D.,

ECTS: 6

Literature and the visual arts ǀ

Assist. Prof. Luka Vidmar, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

Modernism and the avant-garde ǀ

Prof. Marko Juvan, Ph. D.,

ECTS: 6

Narratology ǀ

Assist. Prof. Alenka Koron, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

Sociology of the (Slovenian) literary institution ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Marijan Dović, Ph.D.,

ECTS: 6

Textology and digital humanities ǀ

Assist. Prof. Matija Ogrin, Ph.D,

ECTS: 6

World systems and Slovenian literary discourse ǀ

Prof. Marko Juvan, Ph. D.,

ECTS: 6