20th-century art and imaginary syllabi: a self-promotion

If you don’t follow me on Twitter, I wanted to let you know about a new project I’ve undertaken.

In addition to other things, I am an adjunct professor. My favorite part of that job, apart from the rewarding act of teaching, is writing syllabi. Lately, I’ve taken to writing syllabi about 20th-century art, literature, and culture. I’ve organized several lists (or “imaginary syllabi”) of 20th-century artifacts and organized those artifacts chronologically. Each syllabus includes one work of art for every five-year period of the 20th century.

I’m working through these syllabi on Twitter. On a semi-regularly basis, I write a thread about each work of art/literature/film/etc. on the syllabi. The following tweet is my introduction to the series:

So far I’ve discussed W.E.B. DuBois’s The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Henri Matisse’s Le bonheur de vivre (1906), Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice (1912), Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain (1917), T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922), Virginia Woolf’s Orlando (1928), Fritz Lang’s M (1931), Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood (1936), Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita (written 1940, published 1967), and Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific (1949). My latest thread discusses Ralph Ellison’s 1952 novel Invisible Man:

If any of this sounds interesting to you, I encourage you to follow me on Twitter!

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