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GERM 519A Studies in the Literature of the Early 20th Century - LIT 20TH CENTURY

This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Mode of Delivery Interval Days Start Time End Time Section Comments Course Requires
In-Person Attendance
GERM 519A 001Seminar2In-Person Thu14:0017:00

Within the educational framework of an Indigenization of European and German Studies (Criser and Malakaj; Watchman et al.), we will apply storytelling as a method (Archibald et al.; Chilisa; Christensen et al.; Hunt; Wilson) when analysing avant-garde art and literature. By cross-reading contemporary performance art projects and texts by local Indigenous artists and writers that utilize and criticize Western modernism (Arcand; Belcourt; Davidson et al.; McCall and Hill), we will re-examine Dadaist, expressionist and surrealist techniques of abstract art, aleatoric combination, collage, exquisite corpse, cut and paste, lettrism, modern dance, montage and photomontage, that aimed for deconstructing colonial and institutional contexts since the early 20th century. Our goal is to question Euro and ~

centric notions of artwork, authorship, culture, text, literature and media. We will instead look at relational, intersectional, collaborative and performative approaches (Barthes; de Certeau; Fischer-Lichte; Mitchell; Smith; Tuck and McKenzie; Wildcat et al.; Yuval-Davis) to writing and weaving, draw connections between text, tissue, totems and trees, and reassess the relationships between people and places, bodies and spaces, as well as images and frames.