AMST 331 New Orleans as Muse: Literature, Music, Art, Film and Theatre in the City

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as THEA330, COMP330
This course will look at the representation of a city and how it has influenced artists. Students will read, listen to, and view a selection of the literature, music, film and art that represent the city from both pre-flooding and current re-building. Reading selections will include examples such as Harper's Weekly (Lafrcadio Hearn), The Awakening (Kate Chopin), A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams), New Orleans Sketches (William Faulkner), The Moviegoer (Walker Percy), A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy O'Toole), Why New Orleans Matters (Tom Piazza), One Dead in the Attic (Chris Rose). Film examples such as A Streetcar Named Desire, An Interview with a Vampire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Briton, When the Levees Broke, Treme, Waiting for Godot (in the 9th Ward). Music selections from examples such as Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, The Meters, Kermit Ruffins and the Rebirth Brass Band. Art selections will come from a variety of sources such as THE OGDEN Museum of Southern Art and Prospect 1, 2, & 3.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: will be on active participation, weekly response essays on film viewings, 2 short essays on class topics, a final paper and a contemporary creative project/performance
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: students who have taken THEA 101
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under THEA or COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST
Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives,AMST Space and Place Electives
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 6
Class Number: 3783
AMST 331 SEM New Orleans as Muse Division 1: Languages and the Arts Deborah A. Brothers
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