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Last approved: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:02:24 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:05:29 GMT

Formerly Known As: ENG 475


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Major
ENG (English)
340
008688
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Literature, Art, and Society
Literature Art Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
English (16ENG)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Alternate Years
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Laura Severin
Professor/Dr.

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture3535NoN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Requisite: Sophomore Standing or Above
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16ENGBA-16LLTEnglish BA- LiteratureElective
16ENGLBAEnglish BAElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLCRWEnglish BA- Creative WritingElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLFLMEnglish BA- FilmElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLLWREnglish BA-Language, Writing, RhetoricElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLTEDEnglish BA- Teacher EducationElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLMEnglish BA- MinorElective
This course explores the intersection of literature and the arts, including the visual and/or performing arts, and their role as social commentary. It will consider the expressive power of the medium in the arts, whether that of an individual artist working across mediums or a collaboration between artists, and will examine the rich relations that have existed between literature, the arts, and important social movements of the day. Disciplinary perspectives include literary criticism, history, art history, performance studies, and museum studies.

This revision is intended to broaden the focus of the class (from mass culture to society in general) and make it available to more faculty to teach, since it was not being offered regularly.  The number has been changed to reflect its place in a new series of interdisciplinary literature courses and to make it more accessible to students.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Humanities
Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Interpret multimedia poetic works within their historical and cultural context
 
 
Response Paper
Sample measure: Using Chapters 1 and 4 of Twentieth-Century Britain, explain how W.H. Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Arts” is informed by its interwar context, or Using Chapter 6, explain how David Dabydeen’s “Turner” is informed by the re-evaluation of British identity resulting from an increasingly heterogeneous population.
 
 
Analyze and synthesize critical interpretations of multimedia art work.
 
 
Essay
Sample measure: Choose a work of literature illustrated by its author (not included on the syllabus) and explore how that art work is informed by the disciplinary perspectives of history, literature, and the visual arts. Refer to at least one article in each of the three disciplines and explain the unique contribution of that discipline to an understanding of the whole.
 
 
Evaluate the value of multimedia art works.
 
 
Final exam questions
Sample measure: Act as a reviewer of one of the multimedia works that we have read this semester. Using one of the definitions of value that we have discussed, explain why this work of art is “valuable.” Support your answer with a discussion of the work itself and the critical readings on that work.
Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Investigate how different critical lenses (history, literary criticism, and the visual arts) inform the study of multimedia art.
 
 
Response Essays
Sample measure: Explain how Bainbridge’s historical perspective and Behrendt’s arts perspective differently inform our understanding of one poem from Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience.
 
 
Explain how different disciplinary perspectives inform the dialogic nature of multimedia works of art.
 
 
Essay
Sample measure: Choose a multimedia art performance or exhibit that includes literature (not discussed on the syllabus) and explore how that art work is informed by the disciplinary perspectives of history, literary criticism, and the visual arts. Refer to at least one article in each of the three disciplines and explain the unique contribution of each discipline to an understanding of the whole.
 
 
Integrate disciplinary perspectives to evaluate multimedia art
 
 
Final exam questions
Sample measure: Using Stephen Behrendt’s notion of the “third text,” explain why a multimedia work is best viewed as a “meta-text that partakes of both the verbal and the visual text.” Illustrate this concept with one art work from the semester, and its critical readings from multiple disciplines.
 
 
literary criticism, history and visual arts
 
 
Each unit will include a literary work, a historical perspective and an arts perspective. Class discussions will involve integrating the critical perspectives and applying them to the literary work. The two papers and the final exam will also require integration of disciplinary perspectives.
Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
&
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
70%
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
Sophomore Standing.
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
Yes
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
Sophomore Standing.
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
None
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
Blake’s Poetry and Designs (Norton, 2007, $8.00)
New Selected Poems of Stevie Smith (New Directions, 1988, $17.95)
Anne Carson’s Nox (New Directions, 2010, $24.95)
Cream of the Well: New and Selected Poems of Valerie Gillies (Luath Press, 2015, $20.69)
Kenneth O. Morgan, Twentieth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, $11.95)
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
Ekphrasis, Illustrated Poetry, "Poetry off the Page"
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
None
No new resources required as it is an existing course.

  1. Explore the ways in which multimedia art works are informed by their historic and cultural context.

  2. Analyze the dialogic nature of multimedia art (several art forms combining to create a whole).

  3. Examine how different disciplinary perspectives (history, literature, and the visual arts) contribute to an understanding of multimedia art works.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:



  1. Identify and explain the significance of the historic and cultural context for a work of art.

  2. Critically evaluate and interpret multimedia art works.

  3. Critically evaluate, interpret, and synthesize readings from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

  4. Construct arguments about multimedia works of art using the critical frameworks of several disciplines.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Essay30%2 papers and presentations
Homework10%4 short response essays
Project30%2 creative projects
Final Exam20%Cumulative Final Exam
Participation10%Daily class participation
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Ekphrasis1 weekReading and Discussion
Illustrated Poetry7 weeksReading and Discussion; Presentations and Projects
Poetry off the Page7 weeksReading and Discussion; Presentation and Projects
Final Exam1 weekCumulative Final

aeherget (Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:05:01 GMT): AECHH: Updated restrictive statement at instructor's request via email 11/21/2016.
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