|Course Type||Course Code||No. Of Credits|
Semester and Year Offered: Semesters II and IV, Winter Semester 2020
Course Coordinator: SayandebChowdhury
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisites: The student must have ideally enrolled for Metropolis and Modernity 1 to be able to enrol for this course. Only in exceptional circumstances will they be allowed to opt for this course without having done the previous course.
Course Objectives and outcome
Like the previous course, this is an intellectual history course too but will involve more theoretical readings and unlike part I will follow an interactive, participatory model and will be conducted through a mix of lectures and student seminars. Classroom participation is of utmost importance in this course and will be hence evaluated and assessed throughout. This is an advanced course and students will develop a deep understanding of the key questions of modernity.
The emergence of the modern metropolis as the socio-cultural habitus for both modernity and Modernism has been widely discussed in Metropolis and Modernity I. However, the idea remains incomplete unless it is followed to the more conflicted and interdependent forms of fiction and cinema. Though the Modernist novel can be traced at least to the second half of the 19th century, it was only after the debut of motion pictures that both these artistic territories increasingly found themselves as the favourite playground of the Modernist avant-garde. Unlike literary forms, cinema was ‘without history’ and its import into the forefront of Modernism was often in apparent conflict with existing forms. The dualist nature of the avant-garde is further complicated by the widespread participation of photography and visual art in redefining the city as a space of political, cultural and aesthetic meaning-making. It is hence instructive to see all four art forms in conversation, both theoretically and in practice, each trying to understand their own ontological and artistic status vis-à-vis the rapidly and radically shifting regime of culture, text andvisuality in early 20th century. Through close readings of a series of textual and visual texts, the course hopes to understand the nature and scope of this ambiguous and restive engagement.
Course Structure :
Module 1 (week 1-4): Pleasure
Module 2 (week 5-8): Technology
Module 3 (week 9-12) : Narrative
Module 4 (week 13-16): Spaces
Tentative Assessment schedule with details of weightage:
|S.No||Assessment||Date/period in which Assessment will take place||Weightage|
|1||In-class test||Early February||20%|
|2||Seminar||Through the course||40%|
|3||Term Paper||Last week of April||40%|