HON 201. Great Cultural Epochs II

Professor:  Robert W. Brown

Course Description

CSP 201 is an interdisciplinary course which introduces within a chronological framework some of mankind's most enduring creations in art, architecture, thought, literature, and music. It begins with the Renaissance and ends in the recent past (the 1990s). Since this course only covers some four centuries of the human experience eventful years to be sure , we will be able to treat in some detail our many topics. Setting out about 1400, we examine first the Renaissance in Florence, Rome, Northern Europe, and Venice, and then the flowering of Baroque art, architecture, literature, and music. Following a study of the Enlightenment and the age of Neo-classicism, we focus our attention on Romanticism, the last great European-wide movement in the arts. The Industrial Revolution and the Realist reaction against Romanticism serve as a transition to the extraordinary cultural and intellectual transformations that begin to occur after 1870. By studying the birth of modern art, literature, and music, we explore the revolutionary innovations in culture that fill the years before 1914. Our semester concludes with an overview of western culture from the 1930s to Post-modernism. This course satisfies the UNC Pembroke General Education objective that students "should demonstrate knowledge of, appreciation for, and understanding of the contributions to society of" the arts, literature, history, and ideas.

Course Syllabus

Course Outline and Assigned Readings

Discussion Questions for Reading Assignments

The Renaissance Style; The Roman Renaissance Style; Northern Renaissance Styles; and The Venetian Renaissance and International Mannerism.

The Aristocratic Baroque Style: France and England in the Seventeenth Century; The Bourgeoise Baroque Style: Holland in the Seventeenth Century; Styles of the Eighteenth Century: The Rococo, Sensibility, and the Enlightenment; The Neo-Classical Style: Late Eighteenth Early-Nineteenth-
Century France; The Romantic Style: A European-wide Movement, 1780s-1840s; Realism, Impressionism and Symbolism: Styles in the Arts and Ideas, 1850s-1890s; Early Twentieth-Century Styles, 1900-1914.

Study Guides for the Tests

     Test I
     Test II
     Test III

Guide to World Wide Web sites for Great Cultural Epochs II

Instructions for the Analysis of an Internet Site


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