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Spring 2015-2016
ART 463 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

American Art and Visual Culture - American Realisms and the Perils of Painting

Rachael Z. DeLue

What is realism? How do works of art capture the realities of existence and experience, history and time? What happens when they fail, or when they do their job too well? With such questions in mind, this undergraduate seminar considers realism in American art, focusing on major figures such as Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O'Keeffe. We will examine works of art in terms of their historical contexts and also how they intersect with other fields, including religion, science, and literature. Visits to museums, including the PUAM, will be an important aspect of the course.

Sample reading list:
Crane, Stephen, The Red Badge of Courage
Barthes, Roland, The Reality Effect
Lucie-Smith, Edward, American Realism
Gallagher, Catherine, The Rise of Fictionality
Nemerov, Alex, The Madness of Art
Barrett, Ross, Rendering Violence

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 75 pages of reading per week; short paper; term paper; class presentation.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required
Not Open to Graduate Students.

Other information:
For department majors, satisfies Group 3 distribution requirement.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41957 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   McCormick Hall   363   Enrolled:14 Limit:15