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Course Description

 Whether they use pens or paintbrushes, the best artists have the vision to see the times in which they live and to make their works meaningful for audiences beyond their contemporary ones.   The depictions of Theodore Dreiser's urban  Chicago and New York (Sister Carrie),  Willa Cather's Southwestern Santa Fe  (Death Comes for the Archbishop), and Christina Baker Kline's rural Cushing, Maine  (A Piece of the World) are so vivid that these locations can be seen as integral characters in their respective novels.  On their canvases, American artists such as John Singer Sargent, Georgia O'Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, and Andrew Wyeth create masterful narratives that bring to life a specific time and a space.  As a class we will  examine and  juxtapose  the content and the styles of selected novels and paintings and discover what the works tell us about their creators and their times, about changes in America, and about ourselves.  Facilitated DiscussionViewing Video(s)
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