2775 - Pairings of Selected Pieces of Literature and Art: Looking at America through Different Lenses
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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