Comparative Literature | Modern Literature & the Other Arts
C255 | 8899 | Mira Rosenthal

Comparative Literature Fall 2006

CMLT-C 255/8899
Modern Literature & the Other Arts
*CMLT-C255 carries Culture Studies and A&H credit*

M. Rosenthal      TR 2:30-3:45      			

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 artists 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.