The course is conceived as an 'overview course' and consequently deals with topics spanning the entire 19th and 20th centuries and relating to various regions. It starts with the Enlightenment and ends with post-war culture. The emphasis lies on European cultural history (with switching geographical focus). However, explicit attention is paid to this 'narrowing' of perspective and how it has been criticised by exponents of recent intellectual movements. Moreover, students are familiarised during the course with important works by prominent cultural historians of recent decades. Important concepts and theories are (gradually) introduced and illustrated. Students are encouraged to reflect upon contemporary culture.
More specifically, the course shall consist in the following chapters:
1 . La République des Lettres: the Enlightenment (focus on France)
2. Sturm und Drang: Romanticism (focus on Germany )
3. Victorianism: Bourgeois culture (focus on England )
4. Sezession. Fin-de-siècle, Jugendstil (focus on Vienna )
5. Futurismo e fascismo (focus on Italy )
6. East & West: Culture and Cold War (focus on the United States )