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DHUM 1045A - Age of the Avant-Garde in Paris, from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present (The)

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

From the second half of the nineteenth century onwards, Paris was the home to a revolutionary phenomenon dubbed the 'avant-garde'. This rapidly became the model for other avant-gardes elsewhere in the world, from New York to Tokyo. The activity associated with it drew flocks of artists, writers and intellectuals to Paris. The example of the avant-garde, immensely controversial in its own time, has continued to haunt cultural and intellectual activities ever since, through the problems that it poses. Was 'avant-gardism' simply the mark of a limited historical period? Is its spirit dead? Can it, should it, be revived? The tenets of the avant-garde have always aroused both enthusiasm and hostility.


STUBBS, Jeremy (Enseignant)

Course validation

Class participation and attendance : 15% ; Group presentation : 30% ; Test in class I : 5% ; Test in class II : 10% ; Dissertation : 40%.

Required reading

  • Renato Poggioli, The Theory of the Avant-Garde (extracts)
  • Peter Bürger, Theory of the Avant-Garde (extracts)
  • Richard Murphy, Theorizing the Avant-Garde (extracts)