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Epistemological Foundations of Modernity and Postmodernity

Focus: Literature

Twentieth-Century literature can be described in at least three very distinct temporal dimensions depending on their cultural practice. First of all, Modernity, which, depending on the position one may take, begins at the end of the XIXth Century and ends just before the end of the first half of the XXth century; secondly, this first period is followed by a transition period which lasts until the first decade of the second half of the XXth Century; thirdly, from the end of the 1960s Post-Modernity enters the artistic and cultural field which, in my estimation, ends towards the end of the XXth century.
The understanding of these two cultural manifestations, Modernity and Post-Modernity, is fundamental in order to situate the Modern and Post-Modern artistic practices within their proper context. Literary works exist within a network of relationships, that is, they cannot be considered in isolation from other contemporaneous literary, cultural, and scientific practices. Culture is never divided, and the fact that academia isolates cultural practices in relation to very narrow and vernacular perspectives does not mean that this is a reality. In fact, the contrary is true: the Renaissance, the Baroque, Modernity, etc. had fundamentally shared foundations across the Western world: from Russia to Argentina, these practices had one, and one epistemological foundation alone.
Thus, this is the approach we will take in the study of the works selected for this course , which will be carried out in conjunction with theory of Post-Structuralism and other artistic practices.

Professor: Fernando de Toro (University of Manitoba/Canada)

Language: English

Mode of instruction: on campus

Courseload: 15 hours

Date&Time: July 18-22, 2pm-5pm

Target audience: undergraduate and graduate

Spots available: conditioned by biosecurity limitations

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