Comparative Literature | Modern Lit & Other Arts: Intro
C255 | 6889 | M. Dragu

3 cr
Meets TR 1:00-2:15 pm
Carries A&H and CS Distribution Credit

The course on "Modern Literature and the Other Arts" proposes a
comparative analysis of the literature, music and painting of the
Western European culture starting from the end of the 18th century
until the beginning of the 20th century through some key terms:
aesthetics, comparative arts, intermediality, Doppelbegabung (Double
talents), performance in the arts, iconology and iconography,
collage, ekphrasis, referentiality and metareferentiality,
musicalization of fiction, ut pictura poesis, manifesto, visual
poetry. By defining the evolution and the birth of these terms over
the centuries we will gain insight into the intricacies of arts:
though the arts had a parallel development over the centuries, the
relationships between them are hard to grasp and describe. The
purpose of this class is to make you aware of the limits of the
comparability of arts, highlight the similarities and differences
that establish themselves between the various arts. The course
encourages you to define and develop your own personal views on the
field of comparative arts.