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TERM: 2020-21 Fall
COURSE NUMBER: ENGL 336
COURSE TITLE: Word and Image: Art, Artists, and Literature
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Philip Mingay
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Literary works that offer representations of the artist and his or her work abound, and the presentation of the artist’s role in culture has a long and fascinating literary history. This course examines literary representations of art and artists, including the visual arts. How have writers described the lives and the work of writers, painters, and sculptors? What can we learn about creativity, talent, and the lives of artists from these literary works? Texts will be selected from various historical periods, and from multiple countries, in order to demonstrate the rich relationship between the visual and the literary.

Prerequisites: ENGL 215
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Atwood, Margaret. Cat’s Eye (1988) 
  • Carr, Emily. Klee Wyck (1941)
  • Chevalier, Tracv. Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999)
  • Loving Vincent (2017) 
  • The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
  • Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)
  • Mattick, Paul.  Art and its Time (2003)
  • Benjamin, Walter. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1935)
  • Berger, John. Ways of Seeing (1972)
  • Elkins, James.  On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art (2004) 
  • Tanner, Jeremy. The Sociology of Art: A Reader (2003)
  • Butler, Lord. Pleasure and the Arts: Enjoying Literature, Painting, and Music (2004)
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Essay One
15%
Essay Two (Research) 35%
Library Assignment 15%
Quizzes, Short Answers 10%
Final Exam 25%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: The classes will incorporate both lecture and discussion formats. I will introduce each text and its critical background, and then as a class we will examine the text in detail, as well as any supplementary texts. This means that you must attend class, keep up with the readings, and be prepared to contribute to class discussions. It would be useful for you to note what you believe are significant sections from the texts, and how they may contribute to our understanding of the course as a whole.
COURSE OUTLINE: September
  • 9 Introduction/Syllabus Distribution
  • 11-14 The Romantic Artist
    • Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" Romanticism Summary
  • 16-18 The Sister Arts 
    • Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn" 
    • Listen to "Ode on a Grecian Urn" 
    • Sister Arts Summary For
    •  AGA visit: Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • 21-30 Art for Art's Sake 
    • Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (alt link) 
    • Wilde the Dandy 
    • Wilde, "The Decay of Lying"
  • 23 No class: IS Conference
  • 25 AGA: Rembrandt and Group of Seven 
    • Rembrandt Videos 
    • Aura: see readings below
  • 28-30 The Social Production of Art 
    • Berger, Ways of Seeing(16-32, 83-111, 129-154) 
      • Ways of Seeing Colour Images 
      • Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction 
    • Tanner, Sociology of Art: A Reader (157-164)
October
  • 2 Library Session for Art 
    • Research  Zoom: https://kingsu.zoom.us/j/94736804068
  • 5-14 Chevalier, Girl with a Pearl Earring
    • Ways of Seeing video
  • 16-30 Atwood, Cat's Eye 
    • Essay #1 due Oct 23
November
  • 2-16 Other Visual Arts 
    • Reading Vincent Van Gogh 
    • Van Gogh Letters
    • Loving Vincent film website
  • 18-30 Art and Appropriation
    • Carr, Klee Wyck 
    • Library Assignment due Nov 13
December
  • Dec 2-4 short stories and poetry TBA
    • Research Essay due Dec 4
  • 7-9 Review
  • 11 last day of classes
  • 14  Final Exam: 1:00pm


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