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    Vassar College
  Dec 11, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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ART 362 - Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Art

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
Topic for 2017/18a: Ruskin, Baudelaire, and Art Criticism in XIX Century Europe. This seminar examines the art criticism and social opinions of John Ruskin and Charles Baudelaire, whose writings on English and French art and culture converged around the following issues: the instrumentality of nature in an industrial/urban society; the pleasures and tribulations of the commodity, fashion and femininity; the contesting claims of sensuality and morality in esthetic experience; and the nostalgia for the historical past. We explore how Ruskin and Baudelaire developed art criticism as a controversial medium for social and cultural commentary at the nexus of romanticism and modernism. Brian Lukacher.

Prerequisite(s): permission of the instructor.

One 2-hour period.

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