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Instructor Info:Scott Branson
Office Extension x413-559-6216
TA Info:Charles Hobby
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 2
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 2
Description: What makes a particular place and time conducive to an artistic movement? How do people come together to form a scene? How do subcultures react and respond to the mainstream? What are the political and social forces that create literary, music, painting, film, dance, and other artistic communities? In the course, we will explore the work and history of a selection of artistic movements, which may include Bloomsbury, Dada, Surrealism, Harlem Renaissance, French New Wave, the Black Arts Movement, NY and UK punk, old-school hip-hop, and Dogme 95. We will examine how the avant-garde gains aesthetic and political influence and may eventually become mainstream. Our goal will be to see how different artists and works interact and to assess these movements critically in our writing. Each student will develop an independent project over the semester on a chosen scene that will culminate in a final presentation and paper.