Mixed Media Modernisms

Autumn 2016-2017


Rachel Kyne

This course examines the collisions and collaborations of verbal and visual media in the avant-garde circles of the early 20th century in Britain and France. We will develop a formal vocabulary for discussing visual artworks and hone critical skills in the analysis of temporal and spatial media. An openness to serious play and mental flexibility are a must. We will read poetry, fiction, criticism, and a play, and look—really look—at book arts, collage, painting, sculpture, film, and photography. Artists and authors will include Guillaume Apollinaire, Gertrude Stein, Henri Bergson, George Orwell, Samuel Beckett, Marcel Duchamp, John Heartfield, Walter Benjamin, Robert Capa, Luis Buñuel, Claude Cahun, and Josephine Baker. (G)