E103 Architecture of Modernity G. Maiorino 4:00-5:15 TR BH 340 Section 0059 This course blends art, music, and literary history to provide a multi-media tour through the great cultural achievements of the past five hundred years. Sound, images, and text are carefully woven together to explore crucial questions. How and why do literature and the arts record the cultural memory and felt experience of a civilization? How does an individual relate to society? How does our modern sensibility relate to both our classical and romantic heritage? What is utopia? What is dystopia, its nightmarish opposite? By examining how the arts mediate on these issues, this course traces the origins of modern consciousness from the Italian Renaissance through modern times. Studies range over a wide selection of masterpieces from Brunelleschi through Frank Lloyd Wright. The course focuses on themes and ideas. No previous exposure to literature or the arts is required. There will be field trips.