History of Arts, Literature & Photography

The American Business School Paris

Course Description

  • Course Name

    History of Arts, Literature & Photography

  • Host University

    The American Business School Paris

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Literature, Photography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is designed to introduce students to major works in the literature, art and photography of
    France with an overview covering the period from the mid 19th century through the end of the 20th
    century. The last one hundred fifty years has been a period of stunning changes in societies
    throughout the world, with the arrival of the industrial revolution and the move from largely agrarian
    societies to those much more centered in urban areas. We'll look at the inter-play between historical
    and political changes to society and the evolution of the literary and visual arts. Paris can be said to
    have been one of the important capitals of the art, literature and photography worlds while also being
    the center of so many important political and societal changes during this period. We'll discuss the
    transformation of the literary and visual arts and how the geopolitical changes influenced and were
    influenced by the creative arts. Our goal is to help students develop an overview of some of the major
    cultural developments in the late 19th and 20th centuries, while developing their own skills for
    understanding and interpreting these various creative endeavors.
    Students will:
    ? 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 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 photographic
    ? 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.
    Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: engage in a richer, more sophisticated
    manner in writing and verbally to creations in literature, the visual arts and in photography. Students
    will likewise better-understand and better-articulate what makes various creations interesting and/or
    important. Additionally, students will develop a greater sense of the history of these three creative
    endeavors over the course of the last 150 years.
    Students will be asked to complete regular reading assignments throughout the semester. There will
    be one long novel: Camus? L?Etranger (or The Outsider in translation), which will be supplemented
    with other smaller texts, including poems and short stories. Students will likewise be expected to read
    essays on photography and art from Robert Hirsch's Seizing the Light, Naomi Rosenblum's A World
    History of Photography and E. H. Gombrich's The Story of Art as well as other selected short
    essays on the visual arts and related topics which will be offered to students as PDF files. Class
    participation will be an important component of student's grades as will a journal students will keep in
    which 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 raise
    which relate to subjects we are discussing in class. This journal will be graded as a kind of work book
    of student reflection about topics we'll discuss during the semester. Students will give an oral
    presentation 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 in
    class. 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%, Oral
    Presentations: 15%, Final Exam: 25%.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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