International History of Arts, Literature, and Photography
The American Business School Paris
Area of Study
French Culture, International Studies
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewCOURSE DESCRIPTION:This course is designed to introduce students to the literature, art and photography of France with anoverview from the 19th through the 20th century creations. The last two hundred years has been aperiod of stunning changes in societies throughout the world, with the arrival of the industrial revolutionand the move from largely agrarian societies to those much more centered in urban areas. As aconsequence of a changing society and the spread of wealth to a larger and larger group we see thesteady development of a consumer society. Naturally, all of these changes left their mark on thecreative class which reacted sometimes in celebration and sometimes with criticism to thesetransformations. Paris, throughout much of this period, can be said to have been the capital of the art,literature and photography worlds but also of the burgeoning world of luxury products which developside by side with these various art forms. The inter-relations and influences between these creativeworlds has been complex and diverse but it is clear that each springs from similar sources even if thegoals are not always identical. We will focus on some of the seminal creations in literature, visual artand photography to help students better understand how to analyze and evaluate works in thesecreative pursuits to better understand the place of luxury goods in a larger cultural context.COURSE OBJECTIVES:It is hoped that the students will:
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES:Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: engage in a richer, more sophisticatedway both verbally and in writing with creations in literature, the visual arts and in photography. Theywill likewise begin to better understand and articulate what makes various creations interesting and/orimportant. Additionally, students will develop a greater sense of the history of these three creativeendeavors over the course of the last two hundred years.EVALUATION:Students will be asked to complete regular reading assignments throughout the semester. There willbe one long novel--Marcel Proust's Swan in Love, which will be supplemented with other smaller textsby French poets. Students will likewise be expected to read several chapters introducing photo historyfrom Naomi Rosenblum and art history from H.E. Gombrich. Class participation will be an importantcomponent of student's grades as will a journal students will keep in which students will be asked tooffer written reactions to the various readings during the semester. Likewise, students will frequentlybe asked to write brief reactions to questions the teacher will raise which relate to subjects we arediscussing in class. This journal will be graded as a kind of work book of student reflection aboutclassroom topics. Students will make one or two oral presentations in class and there will be onephotographic project where students will use a camera (your telephone camera is perfect) to createimages which will illustrate questions discussed in class. There will also be a mid term exam and oneor two short quizzes.The final grade will be determined as follows:Class participation: 15%, Journal writings: 20% Quizzes: 15%, Midterm: 25%, Oral Presentations: 25%COURSE SCHEDULE:Session 1Read Gombrich, Introduction.Rosenblum Ch. 1 Early Years.Write journal response.Student questionnaire, discussion of student interests and knowledge about 19th/20th century culture and history. General class introduction, overview of historical background of 19th and 20th centuries.Session 2Read Gombrich, Ch. 25Permanent Revolution. Write journal response.Discussion of Invention of photography, early practictioners(Nièpce, Daguere, Fox Talbot)Session 3Read Gombrich, Ch. 26, New Standards. Journal responses for all includingDiscussion of Realist (Corot, Millet, Courbet) and Impressionist painters (Sisley, Monet, Manet)Session 4Purchase Camus?s Th eOu t s i d e r . Read Hirsch, Ch. 9, write journal responses.Discussion of Post-Impressionist painters (Toulouse Lautrec, Gauguin, Van Gogh)Session 5Begin Camus? The Outsider Field Trip (Musée d?Orsay) : Look at Realists (Courbet, Corot), Impressionists (Sisley, Monet, Manet) and Post-Impressionists (Gauguin, Van Gogh)Session 6Read Rosenblum Ch. 5 Photo & Art. Continue Th e O u t s i d e r .Discuss Cézanne paintings, late 19th century photography.Session 7Read Hirsch, Ch. 10(Modernism), write journalresponses.Mid Term Exam Introduction to Modernism, and early 20th century photography and visual arts (Picasso, Braque)Session 8Continue Th e O u t s i d e r Read Gombrich Ch. 27 ExperimentalField Trip (Pompidou) : Look at early modernist works inpainting and photography.Continue Th e O u t s i d e r Read Gombrich Ch. 28 Story without EndNo class, national holidaySession 9Read Rosenblum, Ch. 10 Words & Pictures. Finish The OutsiderDiscuss Th e O u t s i d e r . Discuss French HumanistSession 10Prepare Oral PresentationsContinue discussion of The Outsider. Discussion of Post World War II art & photography. Oral PresentationsSession 11Prepare Oral PresentationsOral PresentationsSession 12Prepare for final examFinal Exam
- develop a foundation for understanding some of the more important periods and artistic/intellectual movements in the literary, artistic and photographic worlds of the last two centuries.
- develop a better idea of some of the important world events and their impact on the creative world.
- begin to recognize some of the most accomplished names in the literary, artistic and photographic worlds.
- develop sensitivity for understanding and analyzing the subtleties of creative work in these different artistic worlds.
- begin to see similarities and differences between the artistic and the luxury goods worlds over these past two centuries; how each has impacted as well as been influenced by the other creative worlds.
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