FA 360 Music & the Crisis of Modernism, 3 credits
What is modernity? How did it affect the arts and science, forming new cohesions between the disciplines? What aspects of modernity are uniquely Western in their appeal; which are universal? This course is intended as an interdisciplinary exploration of the modernist crisis with a special emphasis on Viennese culture during the period 1880–1914. The topical survey will explore how the leaders in science, medicine, and art began a revolution that forever changed how we think about the human mind. Our final stop will be the idea of globalization as we examine how our shifting worldviews have spawned new crises in meaning, the arts, and society.