Comparative Literature | Modern Lit & the Other Arts
C255 | 12014 | D. Hertz


3 cr
Meets TR 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Carries A&H, CS and IW Credit

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 and study why artists often
rebel against their precursors in search of new ways to express
themselves. 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. Among
the many figures we will study are Beethoven, Keats, Chopin,
Schumann, Delacroix, Turner, Liszt, Dickinson, Wagner, Cassatt,
Whistler, Monet, Debussy, Picasso, Stravinsky, Apollinaire, Matisse,
and Eliot.

Requirements, Assignments and Course Activities: Visits to the IU
Art Museum. Two 3-4 page papers and one 6-8 page comparative paper.
Midterm and final exam. No prerequisites and no previous experience
in literature, painting or music is required or expected.

Required readings (subject to change):

Goethe, Sorrows of Young Werther
Poetry anthology, revised throughout semester (Oncourse)
Ortega y Gasset, "Dehumanization of Art" (E-reserve)
Maupassant, selected short stories (oncourse or E-reserve)
Vaughan, Romanticism and Art
Peter Gay, Modernism: The Lure of Heresy
Other short readings to be assigned throughout the semester (check
Oncourse and E-reserve)