2016 - 2017

  In Search of 1917: Revolution and Avant-Garde  
Shaul SetterGilman-humanities279 Tue1400-1600 Sem  1
University credit hours:  2.0

Course description

A century after the October Revolution, we will discuss the question of revolutionary art: what are the radical textual and visual forms, modalities and apparatuses that take part in the emancipation of society - then and today?

We will read from the Marxist and post-Marxist aesthetic theory (Lenin, Trotsky, Lukacs, Adorno, Benjamin, Badiou, Ranciere) and discuss various revolutionary artistic projects: Eisenstein and Vertov's montage, Brecht's didactic theatre, Godard's quest for the "revolutionary image," Genet's writing of struggle, Steyerl's understanding of contemporary poor image, and more.

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