Twentieth-Century Interiors





This course examines real and imagined interiors of the 20th century. Major design movements are considered, but the aim of the course is to move beyond the formal analysis of stylistic change to consider the expression of cultural concepts such as “hygiene,” “modernity,” and individual or national identity. Considerable emphasis is put on Europe and the United States, but students are encouraged to range more widely. Students are also encouraged to engage directly with a wide variety of primary source materials, from trade catalogues, magazines, and plans to verbal testaments, fine art, photography, and film. Other themes to be addressed include developments in particular room types and domestic goods, technology, gender, class, modernity, tradition and continuity, sustainability, and regional and national identity. 3 credits.