Fine Arts | Ordinary and Extraordinary Architecture (Topics in Art History)
A200 | 12315 | Lemay
The architectural landscape is a vast, intricate construction, the
resource for a more democratic history. This course, heavily
illustrated with slides, will examine both everyday, ordinary homes
as well as the major architectural monuments in the United States.
The course aims to demonstrate how material culture and social
history can be analyzed to provide a broader, richer account of the
human past. The course will ground itself in the European-American
architectural tradition of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries,
with particular attention to regional formation, national
convergence and conflict.
Readings will be drawn from the abundant literature on
vernacular architecture and social historical accounts of major
monuments. Expectations for this course include class discussion,
two short reports on field research, two quizzes and a test.