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Academic Year 2005/2006
What's Right and What's Left? Literature, Philosophy, Art, and Politics in Inter-War Europe
COL 210 FA
This course will move between Italy, France, and Germany in an attempt to define and understand the relation between right and left wing politics in modern European intellectual and cultural production up until World War
II. Using Zeev Sternhell's NEITHER RIGHT NOR LEFT as a reference point we will attempt to construct our own "fascist minimum" and to analyze the political trajectories of a number of figures from left to right and
We will also attempt to understand the perceived political, social, and cultural crisis of the inter-war period and the appeals of fascism, Nazism, and socialism in response to this "crisis".
Authors to be read may include (but will not be limited to): Walter Benjamin, Celine, Antonio Gramsci, Ernst Junger, Martin Heidegger, Andre Malraux, Jean-Paul Sartre, Carl Schmitt, Ignazio Silone, Georges Sorel, Zeev
Sternhell, Leo Strauss.
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
At least one in class presentation. Two short papers and one research paper.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
Only COL majors will be allowed to take this course on a credit/unsatisfactory basis. All others must take this course for a letter grade. Class attendance and active participation are essential to pass this course.
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