Ryerson University

CC8829 — Modernist Literary Circles: A Cultural Approach


Where: Ryerson University
Instructor: Dr. Irene Gammel
Contact: gammel@ryerson.ca


Course Description
This course studies the culture of the early twentieth-century modernist salons in several world cities including New York, Paris, and London with a focus on New York Dada, the Left Bank Moderns, and Bloomsbury. The course explores a range of cultural expressions including print culture, visual culture and performance. More specifically, students investigate the synergies of different media and nationalities and probe the interrelationship and collaboration among artists, writers, art collectors, editors, and publishers; students also examine the relationship of space including interior design and architecture in the formation and flourishing of modernist salons and literary circles. Other topics include the economic basis and material culture regulating salons; the relationship between experimental avant-garde and mainstream expressions; the gender of salon culture; the legends and celebrity culture surrounding modernist salons; and the postmodern re-imagining of the modernist salon culture in recent novels and films.


Course Archive for Spring 2017


Modernist Salons Remixed

See the Salon Video

​See the Salon Photo Gallery

​See the programme and postcard (Design by Mufei Jiang, Logo by Allan Novak)

 

 


Course Archive for Winter 2015


Modernist Literary Circles: A Soirée with Fourteen Installations

See the Soirée Photo Gallery

 

 

 

 


Course Archive for Winter 2013


A Soirée Celebrating the Armory, 1913-2013

 

 

 


Course Archive for Winter 2010


An Invitation to a Modernist Soiree:
Six Installations Celebrating Modernist Salon Culture

 

 


Course Archive for Winter 2009


Make It New: Salon Portraits from New York to Toronto
Exhibition November 30, 2009 - January 30, 2010

 

 

 


Course Archive for 2008

The Great War in Literature and Visual Culture

MLC Themes

The Great War in Literature and Visual Culture

Amid the unprecedented social change of World War I, women renegotiated their identities by dramatically changing the way they engaged with the arts. But how did they do so? And how did everyday citizens engage with the war?

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

MLC Themes

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, considered by many to be the mother of Dada, was a daringly innovative poet and an early creator of junk sculpture. “The Baroness” was best known for her sexually charged, often controversial performances.

Modernism in the World

MLC Themes

Modernism in the World

Recent research has departed from the Euro-centric and national view of Modernism to include approaches and methods studying Modernism across national boundaries and across different art forms to include fashion, dance, performance, technology, and visual culture.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

MLC Themes

Lucy Maud Montgomery

L.M. Montgomery is perhaps Canada's most important literary export. She was prolific writer of over 500 short stories and poems, and twenty novels, including the beloved Anne of Green Gables.

Canadian Modernism

MLC Themes

Canadian Modernism

The works of numerous Canadian authors who lived during the modernist era may well constitute the most central and experimental articulation of Canadian modernism in prose, allowing authors to stage cross-cultural, controversial, and even conflicted identities.

Modernist Biography and Life Writing

MLC Themes

Modernist Biography and Life Writing

Life writing, including autobiographical accounts, diaries, letters and testimonials written or told by women and men whose political, literary or philosophical purposes are central to their lives, has become a standard tool for communication and the dissemination of information.