Paris-Berlin Express: 20th Century Cultural Encounters
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NCST 2640
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Cultural Studies
- Visual Culture
Like Louise Brooks' Lulu, the prototypical femme fatale, the seductive cities of Paris and Berlin exerted power over artists and writers in the 20th century. Caught in an obsessive love-hate relationship, France and Germany engaged in a dialectic marked by fiery aggression and mistrust on the one hand and mutual fascination and attraction on the other. We explore the explosive ongoing cultural exchanges between these two nations as they struggled with both their individual identities and their collective European identity. This course takes us on a journey from the dreamlike Paris of the surrealists to the nightmarish Berlin of the expressionists, from the home front to the trenches, from futuristic visions to present realities. This course was formerly listed as NHUM3046. Do not register for this course if you have previously taken NHUM3046; it is the same course and cannot be taken twice for credit.