ARTH 1171

ARTH 1171

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

This course follows the traces of the social, aesthetic, political, and economic transformations that made the nineteenth century "The Age of Revolutions" on the canvases of Courbet, Cassatt, and Ensor, the printing plates of Daumier, Toulouse-Lautrec and Vallotton, on the streets of Haussmann's new Paris and in the spectacular pavilions of the World Expositions. Each week we focus on a major theme—mass culture, imperialism, orientalism, technologies of reproduction, fashion, capitalism, gender, urbanization, environmentalism, revolutionary struggles, and utopian imaginations—each unpacking one aspect of the complex legacy of the European 19th century. Though the course primarily follows the artistic and political developments in France, we will also discuss artworks and events from Belgium, Britain, and Germany and their political and social contexts.

When Offered Spring.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17401ARTH 1171  SEM 101

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