Examples chosen from the realms of art, literature, and music produced during the Enlightenment demonstrate both the multiplicity and the interrelation of the three arts in Europe beginning with Watteau, Addison, and Couperin and ending with David, Goethe, and Mozart.
This course examines the arts in 18th-century Europe. We focus on the enlightenment contexts and “texts” of art, literature, music, and theatre in France, Italy, and England. The purpose is to come to an understanding of how the artists saw themselves and their cultures and to grasp their changing perceptions over the duration of the century. The overarching theme of the class is the tension between sense (rationality) and sensibility (feeling).
Student learning goals
1. Gain historical awareness of literature, visual culture, and music.
2. Increase ability in visual, literary, and musical analysis.
3. Make connections among art forms in an interdisciplinary interpretative framework.
4. Recognize the relationship between the world of politics, social values, and artistic production.
5. Formulate ideas on the arts through speaking and writing, including a research paper.
General method of instruction
Lecture/discussion, small group consultations and analysis of texts, video productions, music, and visual images, plus some short in-class writing assignments.
Any humanities-based class, literature, cultural history, art history, music history course and the like.
Class assignments and grading
Midterm and final exam and a research paper on visual themes with first and second versions to help improve the students' writing and critical thinking.
50% for exams; 35% for the paper, and 15% for class participation.