English Courses and CoLabs

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Studying Surrealism in ENG 370

Students in ENG 370 (The Splendid Drunken Twenties) are participating this semester in a new experiment at UMF, as they are part of what is called a CoLab—a group of classes in different disciplines connected by a common interest or topic. ENG 370 is part of a CoLab called Modernisms and Manifestos, with the different classes exploring the modernist movements that began early in the twentieth-century and looking for connections across different disciplines: literature, music, art.  Surrealism, a modernist movement that started in France in the 1920s and influenced art and culture throughout the twentieth-century, is one of the topics explored by all four classes involved in the CoLab.

One activity that the CoLab sponsored was a visit from Bowdoin College Museum of Art Assistant Curator, Andrea Rosen, who offered a workshop on using surrealist techniques to create art and literature, and who also offered a lecture on surrealist photography. The Farmington Flyer recently published an article on Rosen’s workshop and on the Modernisms and Manifestos CoLab.

Published by

Michael K. Johnson

Michael Johnson is Professor of English at the University of Maine at Farmington.

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