History of Arts, Literature & Photography
The American Business School Paris
Area of Study
Art History, Literature, Photography
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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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 major works in the literature, art and photography ofFrance with an overview covering the period from the mid 19th century through the end of the 20thcentury. The last one hundred fifty years has been a period of stunning changes in societiesthroughout the world, with the arrival of the industrial revolution and the move from largely agrariansocieties to those much more centered in urban areas. We'll look at the inter-play between historicaland political changes to society and the evolution of the literary and visual arts. Paris can be said tohave been one of the important capitals of the art, literature and photography worlds while also beingthe center of so many important political and societal changes during this period. We'll discuss thetransformation of the literary and visual arts and how the geopolitical changes influenced and wereinfluenced by the creative arts. Our goal is to help students develop an overview of some of the majorcultural developments in the late 19th and 20th centuries, while developing their own skills forunderstanding and interpreting these various creative endeavors.COURSE OBJECTIVES:Students will:? develop a foundation for understanding some of the more important periods and artistic/intellectualmovements in the literary, artistic and photographic worlds of the last 150 years.? 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 photographicworlds.? develop sensitivity for understanding and analyzing the subtleties of creative work in these differentartistic worlds.? begin to see similarities and differences between the artistic and the luxury goods worlds over thesepast two centuries; how each has impacted as well as been influenced by the other creative worlds.EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES:Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: engage in a richer, more sophisticatedmanner in writing and verbally to creations in literature, the visual arts and in photography. Studentswill likewise better-understand and better-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 150 years.TESTS, PRESENTATIONS, MIDTERM & FINAL EXAMS:Students will be asked to complete regular reading assignments throughout the semester. There willbe one long novel: Camus? L?Etranger (or The Outsider in translation), which will be supplementedwith other smaller texts, including poems and short stories. Students will likewise be expected to readessays on photography and art from Robert Hirsch's Seizing the Light, Naomi Rosenblum's A WorldHistory of Photography and E. H. Gombrich's The Story of Art as well as other selected shortessays on the visual arts and related topics which will be offered to students as PDF files. Classparticipation will be an important component of student's grades as will a journal students will keep inwhich they will be asked to offer written reactions to the various readings during the semester.Likewise, students will frequently be asked to write brief reactions to questions the teacher will raisewhich relate to subjects we are discussing in class. This journal will be graded as a kind of work bookof student reflection about topics we'll discuss during the semester. Students will give an oralpresentation in class and there will be one photographic project where students will use a camera(your telephone camera is perfect) to create images in reaction to photographic work we will discuss inclass. Students will have a midterm as well as a final exam.The final grade will be determined as follows:Class participation: 10%, Journal writings: 15%, Photo Project: 15%, Midterm: 20%, OralPresentations: 15%, Final Exam: 25%.
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