This course explores the construction of modernity, with particular emphasis on Europe and North America. As an introduction to modern Western culture from the 18th century to the present, it examines such modern ideologies as feminism, Romanticism, and nationalism. This course considers a spectrum of views of the individual, of progress, and of the alienation and integration of the individual in society. Many sections include study of films and other material from the visual arts. Readings often include novels, and the writings of Freud, Marx, Nietzsche, Mill, Baudelaire, and Rousseau.