Twentieth-Century Modernist Poetics

The course examines European culture of the first half of the 20th century; the age of Modernism as the final great age of world literature; Modernism/ Modernity/ Avant-garde; the modernist manifestos and the attitudes toward tradition; the legacy of Symbolism; the new concepts of poetic language; poetry as an experiment; the theoretical and literary/historical aspects of the most representative modernist movements (Expressionism, Futurism, Imagism, Dadaism, Surrealism); Modernism after the Second World War. It also includes interpretation of poetic texts, the fate of Modernism, and Antimodernism.