ARTH 506
Nostalgia/Modernity: Landscape in Britain, France, and America, 1650-1900 and Beyond Fall 2009
Division I
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This seminar rests on two suppositions, one a core principle, the other an assertion to be tested. The first part of the course, articulated through discussions of readings and images (both real and virtual), will focus on the principle: that the primary mode of representing the “natural world” through a Western genre of art called “landscape” developed in early modern Europe and remained relatively consistent for over two hundred years. We will explore the theoretical, critical, and practical implications of this historical phenomenon. The second part of the seminar, developed through student presentations of research topics, tests the assertion: that, despite seeming to undermine the traditions of “landscape,” modern and contemporary European and American art, with its expanding vocabulary (land art, earthworks, new media, etc.) and overt political dimension (ecological, environmental, etc.) nevertheless remains wedded in many ways to the framework developed centuries before.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1904
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students will be evaluated on the basis of their participation in class, oral presentations, and final project (format to be determined; perhaps a paper of 20-25 pages).
Enrollment Preferences: Graduate Program students and then to senior Art History majors
Distributions: Division I

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