AMST 4301 - The Rabinor Seminar
Spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.
Co-meets with ENGL 4675 .
The Rabinor Seminar explores the role of diversity in the formation of a distinct American tapestry. The specific topic varies each year, but the general subject is the promise and experience of pluralism.
Title for Spring 2016: The Jazz Age.
This seminar will focus on the literature and culture of the “Jazz Age,” with a special focus on the intersections of “high” and “low” cultures, inter-ethnic and inter-racial interaction, and testing of the mores governing gender and sexuality in the period roughly from the end of World War I to the 1940s. One major theme will be the uses of improvisation across many spheres of art and action, including music, visual art, and literature. Most of the course will focus on literary texts, including a number that use or refer to jazz music, but we will also learn some things about early jazz performance itself and its musicians and clubs. This is also a course about “Modernism”—cubism, for example, and Abstract Expressionism. The course is organized by genre, and will include discussion of various kinds of modernist experimentation in the visual arts as well as fiction, drama, and poetry.
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