Painting Bohemian Lives: Absinthe, Ideology, and the Politics of Urban Life

title2Fordham’s first digital humanities history course! Based on nearly two years of research and preparation, this cultural history  course has students study bohemianism starting in the 19th century using social network theory, queer theory, urban space theory, and critical theory, while collecting oral histories, creating digital content, and maintaining a website made for a public audience.

Course Description:
This digital humanities course examines the emergence of bohemian and avant-garde culture through a study of gender, race, class, and nationalism in modernity. With a wide-ranging chronological and geographical scope, the selected Bohemias represent diverse spatial, aesthetic, economic, political, and social histories. This class will also look at the urban spaces where bohemian culture is found, analyzing its intersections with bourgeois and marginal cultures.  Students will study primary source documents, secondary texts, and graphic novels. Students will maintain a website, create interactive maps and other digital content, record oral histories, and actively use social media to explore bohemian/hipster cultures found in New York City.

Time: Tues/Fri | 1:00-2:15pm
Course: HIST 3548
CRN: 25437
Counts toward: Advanced History Core

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