Lecture 3 - �Things fall apart� The Post-War Avant-Garde and the Crisis of Meaning

Lecture 3 - �Things fall apart� The Post-War Avant-Garde and the Crisis of Meaning

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“Things fall apart”: The Post-War Avant-Garde and the Crisis of Meaning William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming” “Things Fall Apart: the center cannot hold” Mere anarchy loosed upon the world The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned.” I) Introduction: The “Crisis of Meaning” in the “West”: Challenging the Terms of the Enlightenment Project -the faith and rationally => liberalism as government -project ideal that there are universal truth through there is NONE. Foundation is crumbling -Liberal depends rationally human self-interest without it things fall apart II) Origins: The Philosophical Foundations of the “Crisis of Meaning” A) Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) -1 st western philosopher to question national basis of west. How the west man spent too long with deluded belief on was a national structure universe. Undermined west civil and brought to tree. Only concrete principle was love of life in all its disorder and cruelty. Suppressed creative
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Unformatted text preview: part of human nature-What is the proposed West civil to develop a new morality called Transvaluation of Values 1) The Critique of Reason 2) The Transvaluation of Values: the Will to Power-jump start west civilization to where they used to be-rejection of order-ideal destroy past and start newFRESH START B) Revolution in Physics 1) From Newtonian Certainty to Indeterminacy a) Einsteins Theory of Relativity and Werner Heisenbergs Uncertainty Principle III) Post-War Movements: From the Margins to the Mainstream A) Dadaism 1) Tristan Tzara and the Dadaist Manifesto (1918) (READER, p17)* 2) Celebration of the Irrational B) Surrealism 1) Andre Breton and the Surrealist Manifesto (1924) 2) Fusion of the Rational and the Irrational C) Futurism 1) F.T. Marinetti and the Futurist Manifesto (1909) (READER, p.21)* 2) Embrace of Speed, Movement, Technology IV) Summing up the Crisis of Meaning...
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