European Studies


Modern Europe (1798-)

Spring Quarter (S18)

Dept/Description Course No., Title  Instructor
Emphasis/Category: Modern Europe (1798-)

The beginning of the twentieth century witnessed major shifts in the cultural hierarchies of Europe inherited from the nineteenth century. The status of Paris as the cultural capital of Europe began to face serious challenges from other European artistic centers. The privileged standing of painting??and even of high art??came under question. The upheavals of the First World War and the Russian Revolution opened new possibilities for art overtly engaged in social engineering. This lecture course will trace these developments in painting, sculpture, photography, and the decorative arts from the turn of the century to the beginning of the Second World War.
Days: MO WE  12:00-01:20 PM

Emphasis/Category: Modern Europe (1798-), French Studies

What is child's play and what becomes of it when the child grows up and enters the world of employment and unemployment? What is the relationship between creative writing and play? Acting and play? How does the idealization of these and other "creative" professions relate to the pain and frustration of the division of labor? What happens to play when it is professionalized, for example as it is in professional sports (not only baseball, basketball, etc, but also, more recently, "extreme" sports and e-sports)? What should be counted as unpaid work and how? Under what circumstances is unpaid work ok? What is the meaning of "free time"?

This course will explore these and other questions through readings in classic texts by Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Bataille, Caillois, Leiris, Bifo, Adorno, and Arendt. These classics will be supplemented by short selections from major contemporary thinkers.

Days: MO WE  11:00-12:20 PM

Emphasis/Category: Modern Europe (1798-), French Studies

50 years after the legendary student revolts of May 1968 in Paris, which durably challenged the social and political order of the West, this course will offer the opportunity to revisit key thinkers of the 20th-century who have contributed to reshape the ways we imagine the world we live in. Focusing on France, which since the French Revolution of 1789 is a model for revolutionary ideas, we will begin with the famous “J’accuse” of the Dreyfus Affair in which the novelist Emile Zola risked his life to defend the innocence of a man against the political and military powers – and the overall specter of antisemitism – of his time. We will then pay special attention to post-war Europe and the world-wide influence of writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre – who redefined the political responsibilities of the intellectual, making him a major source of inspiration for many liberation movements, especially in a time of decolonization – as well as the legacy of Simone de Beauvoir, author of “The Second Sex”, the founding text of modern Women’s and Gender Studies. We will also take a closer look at the work of thinkers that continue to shape the debates in the Humanities and beyond, namely Michel Foucault’s notion of power, Pierre Bourdieu’s deconstruction of the mechanisms of domination at play in our modern societies and Jacques Rancière’s reimagining of the “people”.
This course will be taught entirely in English. The course material will be made available on Canvas at the beginning of the quarter.
Grading: short reading/writing assignments (20%), midterm (40%) and final (40%) exams

Days: TU TH  12:30-01:50 PM

Emphasis/Category: Modern Europe (1798-), French Studies

When the French destroyed their monarchy in the Revolution of 1789, they created a republic based on ideas of nationhood and citizenship specifically tied to France, its language and its people -- but with universal inspirations. Students will learn about the tumultuous century, from the reign of Napoleon to the eve of World War I, during which the French forged a nation based on republican principles. Fought over at home and imposed abroad in the French empire, these principles also inspired revolutionaries around the globe. We will study the dynamism of French culture and society that gave France an importance in world history disproportionate to its size. We will end the class by considering the ways in which contemporary developments (particularly the rise of Islam in Europe) have challenged the French republican model elaborated in the nineteenth century.

Topics include: nation building, empire, French universalism, secularism vs. religion in public life, class structures and class relations, the central role of Paris in political and cultural life, relations within the family and between genders, the birth of cinema.
Days: TU TH  02:00-03:20 PM

Emphasis/Category: Modern Europe (1798-)

This course provides an introduction to some of the most important historical processes making the modern world during the late 19th and 20th century. Topics include imperialism and nationalism, revolution and fascism, decolonization and cold war violence, globalization and local economies. The course pays particular attention to how dynamics of gender, sexuality, class, and race shape historical experience and political struggles in the modern world.
Days: MO WE  10:00-10:50 AM

Emphasis/Category: Modern Europe (1798-), German Studies

The goal of this course is to explore the long and fascinating relationship between Jews and Germans in German-speaking lands from the medieval period to the present. Through historical readings, literary texts, essays, memoirs, and films we will address some of the following questions:
• How did the Jews come to be in German-speaking lands?
• How did Jews in Germany live in the medieval and early modern periods?
• What is the Yiddish language and how did it develop in Germany?
• Why have Jews had it so good in Germany during some periods, and so bad during other periods?
• What was the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah) about? What effect did it have on Jewish and
German culture in the 19th and 20th centuries?
• What are the roots of modern anti-Semitism?
• What was German-Jewish life like in the Weimar Republic and the Nazi years?
• What was it like to grow up as a Jewish child during the Holocaust?
• What were the effects of the Holocaust on German-Jewish survivors and their children?
• What was the state of German-Jewish culture and relations in post-World War II period?
• How has reunification in 1990 affected German-Jewish culture and German-Jewish relations, and
what is the state of the culture in contemporary Germany?
• And the million-dollar question of the quarter: Was German-Jewish history an inexorable path to
The course is conducted with a combination of lecture and discussion (but primarily in lecture format), with the grade based on attendance, focus-question homework activities, online quizzes, and a final exam. No knowledge of German is necessary. Basic knowledge in European history is assumed. No prerequisites. Materials include a range of genres, including the two required textbooks (see Course Materials) and Ruth Kluger’s memoir, Still Alive. For each epoch we investigate will be accompanied by a literary or other sort of contemporaneous text, such as lyric poetry, short fiction, letters, and essay/pamphlet (e.g. Luther’s writing about the Jews). Our study of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries we will also include film clips from both feature films and documentaries.

(same as 26745 History 114, Lec A)
Days:   12:00-12:00 AM