Course DetailsCourse Number: 2043/4043 Section Number: 202
Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number: 201
Days & Times:
HUMANITIES 2043/4043-201: Mid-Nineteenth through Twentieth Centuries
11-12:15 TR, Spring 2013
Professor: Lynn Hoggard Office: Bea Wood 201
Office Hours: 1:15-3:45 TR Telephone: 397-4145
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Eng. Dept: 397-4300
Overall Course Goals and Objectives: This course offers you the chance to learn about major achievements in literature, music, art, film, architecture, theater, dance, and philosophy as they occurred from the mid-nineteenth through the twentieth-centuries in European and American cultures; it also provides chronologically broader overviews of cultural developments in China, Japan, Russia, Africa, and Latin America. The goal of the course is to develop your ability to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and think creatively about complex cultural information and human values, while also improving your writing, critical thinking, speaking, and reading skills. Ultimately, the aim of the course is to help you become a more fully formed and active citizen in an increasingly complex world. To comprehend the past helps you create the future.
Required textbook: Benton, et al., Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities, Vol. II., Third Ed.
1. T, 15 Jan: Introduction to Course
Chapter Eighteen: The Belle Époque
2. R, 17 Jan: Timeline, Map, Impressionism, Painting, Literature, Connections, Music: Pages 260-269
3. T, 22 Jan: Readings: Charles Baudelaire (“Correspondences”), Stéphane Mallarmé (“The Afternoon of a
Faun--Ecologue”), Kate Chopin (“The Storm”), Henrik Ibsen (excerpt from A Doll’s House);
Friedrich Nietzsche (excerpts from The Birth of Tragedy and Beyond Good and Evil): pp.
4. R, 24 Jan: Post-Impressionism (American Expansion, The Boer War, New Science and New Technologies, Philosophy at the Turn of the Century) Post-Impressionist Painting, Then & Now, Cross Currents, Critical Thinking: pp. 269-276
5. T, 29 Jan: New Directions in Sculpture and Architecture, Cultural Impact, Key Terms: pp. 276-281
Reading: Sigmund Freud (from Civilization and Its Discontents): pp. 291-295
Chapter Nineteen: Chinese Civilization after the Thirteenth Century
6. R, 31 Jan: Timeline, Map, Later Chinese Culture, Ming and Qing Dynasties, Literati Painting, Calligraphy, Architecture: City Planning, Then & Now, Critical Thinking, Literature, Music, Connections, Cross Currents, Cultural Impact, Key Terms: pp. 296-311
7. T, 5 Feb: Readings: Yuan Hong-Dao (“The ‘Slowly, Slowly’ Poem”), Yuan Zhong-Dao (“Keeping a Pet Rooster”), Cao Xuequin (The Dream of the Red Chamber), Lu Xun (“A Small Incident”), Bei Dao (“Declaration”): pp. 312-315
Chapter Twenty: Japanese Culture after the Fifteenth Century
8. R, 7 Feb: Timeline, Map, Later Japanese Culture, The Shinto Revival, Landscape Painting, Woodblock Prints, Architecture, The Japanese Garden, Cross Currents: pp. 316-324
9. T, 12 Feb: Literature, Then & Now, Connections, Theater, Cross Currents, Critical Thinking, Contemporary Music, Cultural Impact, Key Terms: pp. 324-331; Readings: Hakuin Ekaku (“Song of Meditation”), Saikaku Ihara (excerpt from Five Women Who Loved Love), Ryunosuke Akutagawa, (“Rashomon”), Yosano Akiko (Three Poems): pp. 332-335
10. R, 14 Feb: Test #1: Chapters Eighteen (The Belle Époque) Nineteen, and Twenty (Later Chinese and Japanese Civilizations)
Chapter Twenty-One: Early Twentieth Century
11. T, 19 Feb: Timeline, Map, New Directions in the Arts (Picasso and Cubism Impact the Arts, Fauvism,
Cubism, Futurism, German Expressionism, Music): pp. 336-345
12. R, 21 Feb: The Great War and After (World War I, The Russian Revolution and After, Dada, Surrealism, De Stijl, Abstraction in Sculpture, Architecture, American Modernism, Cross Currents), Modernist Literature, Connections, Russian Film, Then & Now: pp. 346-359
13. T, 26 Feb: Readings: Franz Kafka (“Before the Law”), Anna Akhmatova (Six Poetic Segments), Osip Mandelstam, (“The Stalin Epigram”), T.S. Eliot (“The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock”), Langston Hughes (“I, Too, Sing America”),Virginia Woolf (from To the Lighthouse), Ernest Hemingway (“Hills Like White Elephants”), James Joyce (“Araby”), William Butler Yeats (“The Second Coming” and “Sailing to Byzantium”): pp. 374-383
14. R, 28 Feb: Modern Music, Repression and Depression (Fascism in Europe, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal, Photography and the FSA, Critical Thinking): pp. 359-366
15. T, 5 Mar: Regionalism in American Painting, Southern Regionalist Writing, The American Sound, Connections, The Jazz Age, Cross currents, Cultural Impact, Key Terms: pp. 366-373
16. R, 7 Mar: Exam #2: Chapter Twenty-One: Early Twentieth Century
Spring Break: March 9-18
Chapter Twenty-Two: Modern Africa and Latin America
17. T, 19 Mar: Timeline, Map, Modern Africa (The Scramble for Africa and Colonial Rule, Varieties of Colonial Rule, Colonialism and Culture, Independent Africa, Sculpture, Connections, Then & Now: Timbuktu, Then & Now), Literature: pp. 384-394; Readings: Chinua Achebe (from Things Fall Apart), pp. 404-405; J.M. Coetzee (excerpt from Disgrace), pp. 415-417
18. R, 21 Mar: Modern Latin America (Painting, Music, Cross Currents, Literature, Critical Thinking,
Cultural Impact, Key Terms): pp. 394-403; Readings: Jorge Luis Borges (“The Garden of Forking Paths”), Pablo Neruda (“Ode to the Americas”), Julio Cortazar (“Continuity of Parks”), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (excerpt from One Hundred Years of Solitude), pp. 405-415
Chapter Twenty-Three: Mid-Twentieth Century and Later
19. T, 26 Mar: Timeline, Map, Mid-Twentieth Century and After (Critical Thinking, Cold War and Economic Recovery, The Vietnam Wars, The Philosophy of Existentialism): pp. 418-424; Reading: Jean-Paul Sartre (excerpt from Existentialism and Humanism), pp. 444-446
20. T, 2 Apr: Abstraction in American Art, Modern Drama, Cross Currents, Sculpture: pp. 424-430;
Readings: Eugene Ionesco (“The Gap”), pp. 448-451; Wislawa Symborska (“The End and the Beginning,” “Nothing Twice”), p. 451
21. T, 4 Apr: Pop Culture, Then & Now, Artists of the Everyday, Minimal and Conceptual Art, Connections, Architecture: pp. 430-439
22. T, 9 Apr: Literature: The Beats, Then & Now: pp. 439-441; Reading: Allen Ginsberg (“Howl”), pp. 446-448
23. R, 11 Apr: The Popularization of Classical Music, Critical Thinking, Late Modern Music, Rock and Roll, Cultural Impact, Key Terms: pp. 441-443
24. T, 16 Apr: Conclusion and Review
25. R, 18 Apr: Test #3: Chapters Twenty-Two and Twenty-Three: Modern Africa and Latin America and The Mid-Twentieth Century and Later
Chapter Twenty-Four: Diversity in Contemporary Life
26. T, 23 Apr: Timeline, Map, Diversity in the United States (Postmodernism, Painting and Sculpture: Judy Chicago, Guerrilla Girls, Eleanor Antin, Susan Rothenberg, Betye Saar, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Judith F. Baca, Lisa Fifield, Maya Lin and the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, Mariko Mori), Structuralism and Deconstruction: pp. 453-462
27. R, 25 Apr: The Diversity of American Voices, Cross Currents, Connections: pp. 462-464; Reading: Adrienne Rich (“XIII”), p. 470; Maxine Hong Kingston (excerpt from The Woman Warrior), pp. 470-474; N. Scott Momaday (excerpt from The Way to Rainy Mountain), pp. 474-476; Leslie Marmon Silko (“Yellow Woman”), pp. 476-479; Sandra Cisneros (“Barbie-Q”), pp. 479-480; Michael Hogan (“On Translating a Mexican Poet,” “The Patio at Dusk,” “Spring”), pp. 470-481
28. T, 30 Apr: The Global Village, Globalization, Then & Now, Magicians of the Earth, Critical Thinking, The Example of Australian Aboriginal Painting, Cultural Impact, Key Terms: pp. 464-469; Discussion of Final Assessments
29. R, 2 May: Evaluation and Review, Conclusion of Course
Final Exam for Humanities 2043/4043: Tuesday 7 May 2013, 1-3 p.m., Bea Wood 201
HUMN 2043/4043 Course Requirements:
A. Tests. As the course outline indicates, there will be three exams during the semester, plus a final assessment. Each exam will cover material in the units indicated, using objective questions to measure your knowledge of cultural material and an essay topic to show your degree of mastery of content and your ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in written form. For 2033 students, each exam counts 18 % of the semester grade; for 4033 students, 15 %
B. Daily Reading and other Assignments: For almost every class there will be pages to read, and for almost every reading there will be a brief activity to complete—usually a reading-comprehension quiz or a written paragraph. (You will receive an assignment sheet outlining class activities for each testing unit throughout the semester.) Some readings will include short reading quizzes and others will require a brief, typewritten paragraph that will be stamped as completed on the day it is due; paragraphs will be gathered into a portfolio to be turned in twice during the semester for evaluation. Reading quizzes cannot be taken early or made up, but other assignments may be turned in early for full credit or late for partial credit. In HUMN 2043, these daily assignments will count for 20% of your semester grade; for HUMN 4043, they will count 17%.
C. Attendance and Participation. A large part of the value of this class comes from regular attendance and participation in class activities. Since this class is values-based as well as information-based, you should aim for more than simply mastering information. Much of the class activity will be geared toward alerting you to the nature and extent of human values that accompany cultural achievement. Therefore, regular attendance and participation are important and expected. A record of attendance at each class meeting will be kept. Although no specific penalty will be assigned for absences, excessive absences (more than three, excused or not) will definitely have a negative impact on the semester grade and may be grounds for a student being dropped from the class. If you arrive late, you should apologize discreetly to the class as you enter. You should turn off electronic devices when in class, and you should never get up and leave the room before class is dismissed except in an emergency or by prior arrangement with the professor. Six percent of your semester grade (5% for 4033 students) will be based on your oral participation in class. You should plan to contribute to class discussion in an intelligent way at least three times during the semester in order to receive full 6 % (5% for 4033) class participation credit.
D. 4043 Requirements: Students in HUMN 4043 will prepare and submit a 10-page research paper on a topic within the course’s 19th-20th-century time frame and approved of by the professor (topic choices must be submitted in writing no later than Thursday, 7 February). The paper must show independent research and give evidence of an ability to synthesize information. Modern Language Association (MLA) style should be used for documentation. At least three references must appear on the Works Cited page, at least one of which must be in non-electronic form. HUMN 4043 research papers are due Thursday, 25 April 2013.
Students in HUMN 4043 will also present to the class a ten-minute oral report on an agreed-upon topic following consultation with the professor. Topic choices should be submitted in writing to the professor no later than Thursday 31 January (the professor will then assign a presentation date in consultation with the student). A typed outline of the report and a bibliography of at least three sources (one of which is not electronic) should be turned in to the professor on the day of the report.
E. Semester Grade: 2043: 3 exams @ 18% (54%); participation @ 6 %; daily assignments @ 20%; final @
4043: 3 exams@ 15% each (45%); participation @ 5%; daily assignments @ 17%; oral
presentation @ 8%; research paper @ 10%; final@ 15%.
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If you are a student with a disability, please contact the professor.