Modernism and Modernity: The Avant-Garde and the Pastoral Drive

"Good proletarian art is usually Covert Pastoral," wrote the critic William Empson in 1935. This seminar examines the rebirth of pastoral in the avant-garde literature, film and photography of Germany and Soviet Union, exploring topics such as: the revolutionary intelligentsia and the countryside; the return of Naturalism and landscape genres; poetic archaism and narodnost'; modernization and the agricultural mode of production. The seminar concludes with contemporary reflections on the pastoral project, including its relationship to the politics of ecologism and to the geological turn in media theory.
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