Art, Film, and Literature in the Age of the Dictators with Mark S. Micale, PhD

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Course Title: Art, Film, and Literature in the Age of the Dictators

Instructor: Mark S Micale

Brought to you by Odyssey  

November 01, 2023 - December 06, 2023 (6 Sessions)  

Wednesday, 6 PM ET 

Virtual via Zoom


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Few periods in history have been more eventful than the first half of the twentieth century in Europe. In particular the years between 1914 and the 1950s brought one world-historical catastrophe after another, including the First World War, the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression, the rise of fascism in Italy and Germany, the Soviet Stalinist dictatorship, the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, and the advent of the global Cold War. This Odyssey course explores the interaction of these momentous events with the cultural arts. We will discuss how the work of the greatest writers, artists, musicians, architects, filmmakers, and philosophers during this extraordinary forty-year period reflected their times. We will pay particular attention to the historical relation between art and politics in the totalitarian regimes of Germany under Hitler, the Soviet Union under Stalin, Italy under Mussolini, and Spain under Franco. We will look at both the art that opposed and supported these political regimes. In addition to learning about some of the greatest works of art and thought in the twentieth-century, the course will be a case study in an intriguing human phenomenon: how times of intense human tumult and trauma can also be periods of great cultural creatively and and intellectual accomplishment.


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ABOUT Mark S. Micale

A native Marylander, and a Yale-trained Ph.D. in modern European history, Mark Micale spent 35 years teaching at the Univeristy of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He has published several books in the field of European cultural and intellectual history. Before retiring in 2018, he won numerous teaching prizes at the departmental, college, and university levels. He now lives in Baltimore.

 Event Date
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
6:00pm EDT

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
7:30pm EDT

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

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