With a focus on context, cultural innovations, and responses to World War I and World War II, Professor Kramer lends coherence and liveliness to what might otherwise seem a bewildering gathering of intellectuals. But by learning about their lives, their works, and the connections between their ideas, you'll gain a keener insight into a host of movements and trends in the modern intellectual life-including positivism, literary modernism, feminism, structuralism, and Cubism and Abstract Expressionism in painting.
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By kpazdetodo on 18-04-15
A brilliant review of 20th-century Euro IH
While the lecturer is deadpan and, I felt, a bit of a drone, this is an extremely exciting series of lectures that has already been useful to me as an undergraduate professor if literature, culture, and intellectual history in the 20th-century. A truly BRILLIANT review, especially of continental, in particular of French, thought since the laye 19th-century. While I did fight at times to remain awake in spite of this lecturer's steady, dispassionate, monotone intonation patterns, he's spot on and I take my hat off to him. I'm also astonished at and damned jealous at the applause he receives at the beginning and end of each lecture. ; )
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By David Edelberg on 01-06-14
Better than any course I had in college
The topic is marvelous and the lecturer superb. All that stuff you wish you'd paid more attention to when you were younger: key writers like James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Proust; art movements from post Impressionism onward; philosophers, cultural anthropologists, psychologists (Freud, Jung); up through the post Modernists. Professor Kramer finally explained Derrida and Lacan and worth, as they say, the entire price of admission
Highly highly recommended
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