Germanic Languages | The Golden Age Dutch Culture
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N450
The Golden Age of Dutch Culture:
Subtitle: Painters and writers

Taught in English; no prerequisites.  Course open to graduates and
undergraduates.

The Dutch Golden Age was one of the most spectacular creative periods
in the history of the world. It was the time of Rembrandt, Vermeer,
Spinoza, Grotius, and the Dutch Republic as it was called at the time,
hosted many other renowned artists. It also had an immense impact on
global commerce, finance, shipping and technology. In this course we
focus on the question: why are artists from that time still very well
known, all over the world.
In the first part of the course, we will briefly look at The
Netherlands, the rise of the so-called Dutch Republic; their mentality
and culture in particular.
The second and larger part of this course will go deeper into all
aspects of the Dutch culture. Special attention will be given to
Vermeer, Steen, Rembrandt, Vondel and Cats.
The course grade will be based on the following criteria: a paper and
presentation (30%), a midterm (20%), final exam (20%), class
attendance and participation in class discussions (30%).
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