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Vienna at the turn of the 19th to 20th century was an important intellectual center not only for Austria, but for the rising movement of MODERNISM in Europe. In Vienna this intellectual ferment was less situated in places like the universities, the institution of the church or salons of the elite than it was centered in the large system of coffee houses where people met and spent significant amounts of time.
This course will investigate various aspects of the Viennese contribution to the birth of modernism, and will do so with a strong focus on the role of the coffee house. There will be an attempt to have the student get a sense of the vibrancy of those coffee houses of 100 years ago, and the invigorating spirit which early modernism lent to the city.
We will read one main demanding and somewhat difficult text:
FIN-DE-SIECLE VIENNA: POLITICS AND CULTURE
written by Carl E. Schorske.
New York: Vintage Books, 1981. ISBN# 0-394-74478-0.
|Date||General topics||Class||Readings, assignments and expectations|
|March 20, Tues.||General introduction to the course, Modernism and coffee house culture.||1|
|March 22, Thur.||Basic introduction to the coffee houses and plans for projects and meetings||2|
|March 27. Tues.||Introduction to Schorske's book and first chapter: Schnitzler and Hofmannsthal||3||Read Schorske, pp. xvii-xxx and pp. 3-23. Quiz on readings. Discussion of texts.|
|March 29, Thur.||Individual meetings with Corbett concerning your research paper.||4||You must meet with Corbett and convince him of your topic for your research paper.|
|April 3, Tues.||Discussion of Schorske, chapter 4: Freud. Corbett presentation on Civilization and Its Discontents||5||Read Schorske, pp. 181 - 207. Quiz # 1 on readings. Discussion of texts.|
|April 5, Thur.||First set of meetings on the coffee house projects.||6||Plans and requirements for the coffee house visits.|
|April 10, Tues.||Discussion of Schorske, chapter 2: Ringstrasse and Urban Modernism||7||Read Schorske, pp. 24 - 115.. Quiz # 2 on readings. Discussion of texts.|
|April 12, Thur.||Walking the Ringstrasse and visiting Otto Wagner and Camillo Sitte's work||8||Plans and requirements for the Ringstrasse class.|
|April 17, Tues.||Discussion of Schorske, chapter 5: Klimt and Schiele||9||Read Schorske, pp. 208 - 278. Quiz # 3 on readings. Discussion of texts and guest lecture.|
|April 19, Thur.||Visit to the Belvedere.||10||Plans and requirements for the visit to the Belvedere museum.|
|April 24, Tues.||Visit to the Secession||11||Plans and requirements for the visit to the Secession museum. also be sure to turn in assignment: The outline of your research paper is due.|
|April 26, Thur.||Second set of meetings on the coffee house projects.||12||Plans and requirements for the coffee house visits.|
|May 1, Tues.||Discussion of Schorske, chapter 3: von Schonerer, Lueger and Herzl||13||Read Schorske, pp. 116 - 180. Quiz # 4 on readings. Discussion of texts.|
|May 3, Thur.||Presentations on the coffee houses, part 1||14||Oral presentations on coffee houses.|
|May 8, Tues.||Discussion of Schorske, chapter 6: Transformation of the garden||15||Read Schorske, pp. 279 - 321. Quiz # 5 on readings. Discussion of texts. Research papers are due by 4 PM|
|May 10, Thurs||Presentations on the coffee houses, part 2||16||Oral presentations on coffee houses.|
Grading: While I will grade each individual assignment, the grade of the course will not be merely the sum of the individual grades. Rather, I will take into account an overall sense of quality in the general tone of one's work. However, the sum of one's individual grades will certainly be a strong indication of where one stands. In a rough sense the assigments will be valued in this fashion:
Five important additional notes:
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