World War I and the Avant-Garde

Laura Hollengreen
Wednesdays 10 AM - 12 PM (AZ Time)
September 28, October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2022
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World War I and the Avant-Garde

Fall 2022
In Session
10 AM - 12 PM (AZ Time)
September 28, October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2022


Main Campus



Attend In Person OR Online

The course investigates the ecology of war in the later nineteenth and early twentieth century to determine its impact on post-war perception, avant-garde art and architecture, and conceptions of place and memory. The primary focus will be on World War I, with secondary coverage of the U.S. Civil War. Readings and class meetings will deal with a range of topics, including the philosophy and culture of war, landscape modification, technologies of war, combat experience, the psychological costs of war, war and art, the emergence of new media and their representation of war, memory and mourning, reconstruction and architecture, and utopian proposals for the pre-and post-war city.

Hybrid Course Format

  • All classes will be delivered in-person and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
  • In-person classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in-person classes is limited by classroom capacity and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All students attending on-campus will observe the relevant University of Arizona policies designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 (more information here). Students who enroll to participate in person will also have complete online access to the course, including all class recordings.   
  • Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real-time. Students may also access class recordings for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.

Registration Will Open Online:
Monday, August 29, 2022, at 8 AM (AZ Time)

Required Reading: 

  • Ernst Jünger, Storm of Steel (New York: Penguin, 2004).
  • Modris Eksteins, Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1989; repr. Mariner Books, 2000).
  • Additional readings available on the HSP learning portal.

Course Registration

Meet Your Professor

Associate Dean
College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture

LAURA HOLLENGREEN is Associate Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in CAPLA. Trained at Princeton and UC Berkeley, she has taught the history of art at several universities and the history of architecture at UArizona and Georgia Tech. While most of her scholarship focuses on medieval topics, she has a longstanding interest in early twentieth-century artistic and architectural abstraction and the origins of the avant-garde.


Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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