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MA/Liz Seminar: Modernism/Postmodernism


Thursday 4-6; PLH 102; Spring Term 2009
Elisabeth Bronfen/ Philip Ursprung

In this seminar we will explore how Postmodernism exhibits a critical take on Modernism by re-considering the relation between these two aesthetic projects. The wager subtending this seminar is that precisely by critiquing the Modern, postmodern artists guarantee the survival of this inter-national style. We will be looking at novels (Pynchon, DeLillo), Films (Coppola, Spielberg, Scorse-se, Scott) as well as visual artists (Sherman, Koons, Matta-Clark, Smithson, Graham, Anderson), along with key theorist of Postmodernism (Owens, Jameson, Foster, Anderson). A second con-ceptual point of departure consists in our conviction that to revisit literary and visual texts that came out of the 1980s – which after all was a period of aesthetic as well as economic liberalizati-on – means asking ourselves: Where we are today in relation to any claim for innovation, novelty, as well as to being contemporaneous? With Laurie Anderson one might ask, "What are the Que-stions of the Times". But one might add: "How have these questions changed? How have they remained the same or have they perhaps returned to us, again?"

1.     19.02.     Introduction
--- Video Clips, including but more than Madonna

2.     26.02.    Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism  with
Laurie Anderson (United States 1-4)

3.     05.03.    Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman,

4.     12.03.    Don Delillo, White Noise

5.     19.03.    Perry Anderson, The Origins of Postmodernity

6.     26.03.    Martin Scorsese, MEAN STREETS

7.     02.04.    Steven Spielberg, E.T.

8.     09.04.    No session (Easter Break)

9.     23.04.    Francis Ford Coppola, THE CONVERSATION

10.     30.04.     Craig Owens, Beyond Recognition: Representation, Power and Culture

11.    07.05.    Robert Smithson, Gordon Matta-Clark, Dan Graham

12.     14.05.    Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

13.     21.05.    No session (Ascension Day)

14.     28.05.    Hal Foster, The Return of the Real