Comparative Literature | Modern Lit and the Other Arts
C255 | 15322-15323 | Prof. David Hertz


Department of Comparative Literature- Fall, 2007

CMLT-C 255 Modern Literature & the Other Arts

15322    11:15-12:30  TR
above class carries Culture Studies credit
above class COLL Intensive Writing section
above class satisfies COLL A&H requirement

15323    9:30-10:45   TR
above class carries Culture Studies credit
above class satisfies COLL A&H requirement

This is the course that takes us into the creative mind of the
modern 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 into art. We also observe
how styles in the arts change over time. 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 musical and visual
effects in verbal expression. 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,
journeys through musical recordings and poetry readings are some of
the ways we explore the artistís 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.