The Evergreen State College

Decadence and New Blood

Hiro Kawasaki *6304 Lab II. 3259
Marianne Bailey
Judith Gabriel

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Fall and Winter Coordinated Study
Credit: 32
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; transfer students welcome with two quarters
     of study in literature, art history  and philosophy.
Faculty Signature: No
Special Expenses: No
Internship Possibilities: No
Travel Component: None

In this program, we will study literature, art history and aesthetic theory, music, drama and philosophy to examine avant garde, outsider thinkers and artists of 19th and early 20th-century Europe and their tenuous but fruitful dialogues with the inside, the aesthetic and intellectual mainstream of their times.

The study of French language will be an important component of the program.  Students will participate in beginning or intermediate classes depending on their previous training and ability.

We will begin our study with works of Romantic writers, artists and thinkers during the late 18th and early 19th century, and will examine how they laid the foundation for the development of modern movements.  We will then focus our attention on how the arts and writings of the "fin de siècle" reflect the slow and anemic decline of Western culture. But the cherry blossomís beauty is most throat-catching at the moment it falls. Decadent artists and writers were drifters and pariahs, or recluses in gilded towers or closed chambers. Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Wilde, Nietzsche, Moreau, Redon, Gauguin, Hofmannsthal and Strauss were some of the artists who announced and prepared the rites of spring of the dawning 20th century, the arising vanguard of modernist movements. We will look at aesthetics of abstraction, atonality and anti-narration; at Jugendstil or art nouveau, expressionism, primitivism, cubism and dada. We will consider how non-European cultural traditions infused new vigor into 20th-century Europe.

In addition to all program activities ( reading, writing, lectures, seminars and workshops,) a collaborative group project will constitute an important part of studentsí work each quarter.  The faculty will guide the formation of the groups, and will offer suggestions on topics and approaches of the projects.

Students are expected to commit themselves to both fall and winter quarters.  They should have a background and strong interest in literature, philosophy, art history and French language, and considerable discipline and self-motivation.

Credit awarded in European literature, art history and aesthetic theory, philosophy, and beginning or intermediate French.


Monday 10 - 12: Group project work 1 ? 3: French conversation

3 ? 5: Intermediate French

Tuesday 9:30 ?11:30: Lecture, workshop, etc. 12;30 ?2:30: Seminar

3 ? 5: Beginning French

Wednesday 10 ?12: Group project work 3 ?5: Intermediate French
Thursday 9:30 ?11:30: Lecture, workshop, etc. 12:30 ?2:30: Film, music, etc.

3 ?5: Beginning French


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