Comparative Literature | Modern Literature and The Other Arts
C255 | 1224-1225 | Maiorino
Satisfies Intensive Writing, Cultural Studies and AHLA Req.
1224 4:00-5:15 MW BH 015
1225 11:15-12:30 TR BH 317 Prof. Maiorino
Art is a lie that tells the truth. --Pablo Picasso
This is the course that takes us into the creative mind of the artist,
composer and poet and into the analytical mind of the critic. In C255,
we analyze works of art (painting, music and literature) of the 18th,
19th and 20th centuries, compare how these works interrelate and
discover how they are unique. We learn what motivates the creative
personality and how such a person turns materials, sounds, silences
and language in to "art." Students of C255 see, hear and comprehend
art in new, exciting and discriminating ways. For example, we discover
how a musician "paints" a landscape, how a painter composes motion and
how a poet creates music or dimension. By the end of the course, the
student - through her/his own secured powers of discernment, increased
confidence and strengthened abilities of perception - will determine
what constitutes a work of art.
Visits to the IU Art Museum, "trips" into famous paintings via slides,
and "journeys" through musical tapes and poetry readings are some of
the ways we explore the artist's craft. Three or four 3-4 page papers
and one 6-8 page comparative paper or an equivalent comparative
take-home final exam; possible group or individual project.
No prerequisites and no previous experience in literature, painting or
music is required or expected.