Comparative Literature | Modern Literature & the Other Arts
C255 | 1206-1207 | Maiorino

*Culture Studies and AHLA credit*
1206  	MW	9:30-10:45   BH 317
1207	TR  	9:30-10:45   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.