Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

HONR 216 FALL 2012

Fall 2012

HONR 216 W

Anne Wingenter

e-mail: awingen@luc.edu

phone: 0635403095

office hours: W
12:30-2:00 or by appointment


Encountering Contemporary Europe - Rome

course will offer a selective survey of the history and culture of Europe from
the turn of the 20th century through the present.  We will engage with the history, literature,
film and art of the period from the perspectives of multiple disciplines.  This inter-disciplinary method will help
students understand the complex relationships between events and ideas from
various fields and aid in ascertaining the influence of intellectual and
cultural trends on society. Because the course is based in Rome, we will make
use of the city as a primary source, incorporating a number of site visits into
the class schedule. Students will also be encouraged to plan and consider their
travel as a form of first-hand encounter with contemporary Europe and will have
the option of building a semester project around their experiences.


Required Texts:

1. ModrisEksteins, Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth
of the Modern Age
. Mariner Books, 2000

2. Felix Gilbert and David Clay
Large, The End of the European Era: 1890
to the Present.
W. W. Norton & Company; Sixth Edition, 2008

3. George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia. Mariner Books, 1980
(complete by week 9)

4. Primo
Levi, Survival in Auschwitz. Touchstone,
1996 (complete by Week 10)

5. Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.
Harper, 1999 (complete by week 12)

6. Additional readings provided
via BlackBoard



Course Requirements:

Class preparation and Participation
– 10 %:

You are
responsible for each week's readings and should come to class with specific
questions and comments in mind. Pairs of students will be asked at the
beginning of the semester to volunteer to lead class discussion for each week,
but our conversation will depend on the participation of all of the members of
the class. I reserve the right to require written summaries of the readings
should it become apparent that students are not keeping up with them. Lectures
in this class do not duplicate the readings; instead they are meant to provide
the general narrative of European cultural and intellectual history and set the
context for the primary sources we will encounter throughout the semester.


Weekly comments – 20%:

By Tuesday
of each week, you must compose and post to the discussion board a question or
comment based on the primary readings for the week. These should be
approximately 150-250 words and should express your thoughts and opinions on
the readings. Questions for discussion are also welcome.


Take-home Midterm Exam – 25%:

You will
compose a short (5-6 page, typed, double-spaced) essay to be turned in during
week 6 of the semester. I will provide you with a choice of prompts during week
5. You are not required to consult outside materials for this essay, but may do
so if you choose. Any sources consulted must, of course, be properly cited in
your essay.


Semester Project – 45%

Part 1 (15%) Project
proposal and working bibliography – In the first weeks of the semester, you
should be thinking about what aspect of European history or culture you wish to
explore and checking to see what information is available to you. During week 4
you will turn in a working proposal and bibliography. This should describe the
subject you wish to explore, your approach to the subject, and the form your
project will take. The bibliography must contain at least six sources with
annotations beneath each explaining how it is relevant to the subject and how
you will use it. Your bibliography may conform to any of the standard styles.
(ie. Turabian, MLA, etc. – available in the library) but must be consistent

2 (30%)
project itself – On Dec 5, you will turn in/present your final work. This might
be a standard research paper (approx. 10-12 pages), a PowerPoint presentation,
a photographic essay, an audiovisual project, etc. The ultimate form is up to
you (though it must be approved by me – see above). We will dedicate our last
class (or earlier on a voluntary basis) to your presentations of your work.

A note
about attendance: Attendance policy in this class follows the official Rome
Center rules: “In order for a student to be excused from class, he/she must
present to the professor of each of his/her classes a written note of
excuse.  The only authorized notes are
those from a doctor, the director, the vice director, the assistant Director,
or the Associate Dean of Students.” 
Travel is NOT considered a valid excuse for missing classes or turning
in late assignments.

I: La Belle Époque

Eksteins xiii-xvi, 1-94

Gilbert and Large, Chapters 1 and 2)


1 (Sep 5): General overview and late 19th-century context

Bertrand Russell, “Philosophical Consequences of Relativity.”


2 (Sep 12): Irrationalism

Excerpts from Nietzche, The Gay Science and Steven E. Aschheim, “Max
Nordau, Friedrich Nietzsche and Degeneration.”


3 (Sep 19): Futurism, Dada and the Great War

F.T. Marinetti, The Futurist Manifesto, and Dada Manifestos


II: WWI and the Crisis of Modernity


Gilbert and Large, Chapters 3 and 4)


4 (Sep 26) Class is cancelled today for the
papal audience



5 () WWI and its Aftermath

British War Poets


6 () Weimar Culture

excerpts from Peter Gay, Weimar Culture (ON RESERVE in the IC)


III:  The Rise of Authoritarian Regimes


Gilbert and Large, Chapters 5-8)


7 () The Great Depression and the Rise of Fascism

Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”

Class on site at the
ForoItalico – We will meet as usual and then go together.



8 () Nazism

Brian Winston, “Triumph of the Will”

Film: Leni
Riefenstahl, Triumph des Willens


9 () The Spanish Civil War

George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia.


10 () the Holocaust

Film: Night
and Fog

Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz


IV:  Recovery and Reform

Gilbert and Large, Chapters 9-11, 15-17)


11 () From “Hot” to Cold War

Czeslaw Milosz, The Captive Mind. EXCERPTS


12 () Cold War Culture: Behind the Iron Curtain

Milan Kundera,
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.


13 () Migration and the changing face of Europe

(Course presentations begin this week)

Ian Buruma, “Letter from Amsterdam: Final Cut”


14 () Presentations and
Course Conclusions