Humanities 220

Spring 2016 Syllabus

Texts for this course

Flaubert, Madame Bovary (Penguin)
Baudelaire, Flowers of Evil (Oxford UP)
Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals (Vintage)
Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Norton)
Gauguin, Noa Noa (Dover)
Freud, The Freud Reader (Norton)
Kafka, The Complete Stories (Schocken/Random House)
Fussell: The Great War and Modern Memory (Oxford)
Jünger, Storm of Steel (Penguin)
Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich)
Kracauer, The Salaried Masses (Verso)
Arendt, Origins of Totalitarianism (Harcourt)
Browning, Ordinary Men (Harper)
Levi, Survival in Auschwitz (Simon & Schuster)
Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism (Monthly Review Press)
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (Vintage)


Week 1 (Jan 25)

  • Flaubert, Madame Bovary
  • M: Death by Irony / Hugh Hochman

Week 2 (Feb 1)

  • Baudelaire, Flowers of Evil ("To the Reader," "The Albatross," "Correspondences," "A Hymn to Beauty," "A Carcass," "Invitation to the Voyage," "Spleen (IV)," "The Sun," "To a Woman Passing By," "The Swan")
  • Baudelaire, "The Painter of Modern Life" (e-reserves)
  • TJ Clark, The Painting of Modern Life, Ch. 2 (e-reserves)
  • Image Gallery
  • M: Sign City: Baudelaire's Exile on Main Street / Hugh Hochman
  • W: Manet and Modernism / William Diebold

Week 3 (Feb 8)

  • M: Lecture on the Paris Commune / Mary Miller
  • W: On the Origins and Ends of Species / Benjamin Lazier

Week 4 (Feb 15)

  • Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals
  • M: Lessons in Alien Horticulture / Benjamin Lazier

Week 5 (Feb 22)

  • Freud, The Freud Reader (recommended: "An Autobiographical Study"; "Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality"; "Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (Dora)"; "Civilization and its Discontents"; "From the History of an Infantile Neurosis (Wolf Man)")
  • M:  Beyond the Pleasure Principle / Jan Mieszkowski

Week 6 (Feb 29)

  • Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  • Chinua Achebe, "Image of Africa" (in Norton edition of Conrad)
  • Gauguin, Noa Noa, 5-52
  • Stephen Eisenman, from Gauguin's Skirt (e-reserves)
  • Image Gallery
  • M: Horror Story / Jay Dickson
  • W: Gauguin, Conrad, and Colonialism / William Diebold

Week 7 (Mar 7)

  • Kafka, The Complete Stories (recommended: "Before the Law"; "The Judgment"; "The Metamorphosis"; "In the Penal Colony"; "A Report to an Academy")
  • M: Franz Kafka: Modernism and Displacement / Katja Garloff

Week 8 (Mar 14)

  • Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory, pp. 3-51, 75-82, 169-190, 326-335
  • Poems of WWI (e-reserves)
  • Jünger, Storm of Steel (recommended: 5-33, 91-110, 224-56, 274-89)
  • Jünger, from "War as Inner Experience" (e-reserves)
  • M:  An Event Without an Idea: The "Irony" of World War One / Mary Ashburn Miller
  • W:  Lecture on Jünger / Jan Mieszkowski


Week 9 (Mar 28)

  • M: Clarissa Explains it All / Jay Dickson

Week 10 (April 4)

  • W: Lecture on Bolshevik Art and Culture, 1917-1921 / Lena Lencek

Week 11 (April 11)

  • Siegfried Kracauer, The Salaried Masses
  • Hannah Arendt, Origins of Totalitarianism (recommended: 305-18, 323-33, 337-39, 351-54, 361-64, 437-79)
  • "Triumph of the Will" (clips: 0 to 9:00; 12:00 to 18:00; 31:23 to 38:134; 1:01:00 to 1:06:50)
  • M: The Weimar Republic: Political Culture and Cultural Politics / Benjamin Lazier
  • W: Totalitarianism, or the Night of the Living Dead / Benjamin Lazier

Week 12 (April 18)

  • M: The Holocaust and the Limits of Representation / Katja Garloff
  • W: How to Hate Nazis:  Four Suggestions / Benjamin Lazier

Week 13 (April 25)

  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (recommended: 3-17, 46-75, 266-74, 468-85, 519-23, 638-45, 661-64, 753-66)
  • Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism
  • M: Panel Discussion on Beauvoir
  • W: In Search of a Humanism Made to the Measure of the World: Aimé Césaire's Discourse on Colonialism / Mary Ashburn Miller