LIT3000 : America and the Avant-Garde: 1950s - 1990s

Convener(s): Dr Sam Ladkin


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

"We require a situation like it really is - no rules at all. Only when we make them do it in our labs do crystals win our games. Do they? I wonder?" (John Cage). In this module we will be looking at a range of wonderful  experiments in poetry, film, painting, dance, music, sculpture and performance that have been carried out by contemporary American writers and artists. We will discuss the New York School, Abstract Expressionism, the San Francisco Renaissance and Beat movements, Experimental and Underground Cinema, Andy Warhol and Pop Art, Pop and Punk, etc and so on. It is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. "Yeah Boom!" (Christopher Knowles).


Teaching will be by flexible lecture/seminar time.


Assessment One (10% of total module mark) participation and engagement.

Assessment Two (30% of the total module mark) coursework essay or creative/critical artwork. This assessment consists of either one critical essay of 1500 words, or one creative artwork of your own making, with a 1000 word critical response.

Assessment Three (60% of the total module mark) coursework essay.

Contact Details

Dr Sam Ladkin

Information last changed: Friday 04th of March 2016 :: 09:56:26 AM (GMT)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK