Winter Quarter, 2001
Sturm Hall 486C 871-2855SAB 024871-3271
Office Hours: Tues. / Th. 1:00-3:00Office Hours: Th. 2:00-4:00
& by appointment& by appointment
Class Hours: TuTh 11:00-12:50 p.m.
Credits:4 (ENGL) or 5 (ARTH) quarter hrs.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Throughout the 19th century, British authors and artists admired and pursued the splendors of Italy, drawn to its classical history, its varied landscape and its arts. Beginning with the tradition of the Grand Tour, British youth traveled to Italy to see the architectural wonders of the classical heritage and to develop a connoisseur’s taste for the artistic achievements of the Late Gothic, Renaissance and early Baroque periods of Italian art. This class will explore the connections in both art and literature between Britain and Italy, focusing on the novels, essays, travel journals, and poetry of Ann Radcliffe, John Ruskin, Walter Pater, George Eliot, Robert Browning and Charles Dickens, among others. We will trace the British admiration for the artistic treasures of Italy, from the Neoclassic movement through the High Victorian Renaissance. We will see how this admiration of art, history and landscape was translated into Ann Radcliffe’s gothic novel, George Eliot’s historical one and Browning’s dramatic monologues. This is a team-taught class designed for graduate students in English and Art History. Undergraduate students may enroll if they have sufficient background in one of these disciplines.
REQUIREMENTS:Undergraduate students: mid-term, 2 short response papers, and final exam.;Graduate students: mid-term, one response paper, annotated bibliography, and final paper.
TEXTS:Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho; Ruskin, The Stones of Venice; Eliot, Romola; Browning, Robert Browning’s Poetry; Pater, The Renaissance; Dickens, Pictures from Italy
READING ASSIGNMENTS:The assigned readings for this course are outlined on the following pages and are taken from the above texts, all available at the D.U. Bookstore. A bibliography on 19th century British art has also been compiled, and some of these books have been placed on reserve at Penrose Library. Graduate students are expected to use this bibliography to prepare for class discussion and to begin the research for your final paper. All assignments should be read BEFORE coming to class so that you can actively contribute to class discussion.
mid-term exam30%mid-term exam30%
short response papers30%short response paper15%
final exam30%final paper40%
Attendance is mandatory and expected except for emergencies and documented illness. More than two absences will result in a lowered grade.
Mid-term examination. All students are required to take the mid-term. It will be a
combination of slide identification and discussion, quotations and short essay
questions. Final examination. All undergraduate students will be required to take the final
exam during the set exam period. It will be designed like the mid-term and will
cover only the works discussed in class from the mid-term onward.
Two short response papers (undergraduate students)
One short response paper (graduate students)
Graduate and undergraduate students will write a response paper comparing issues of art and literature, drawn from the reading assignments. This paper will be due Thursday, Feb. 22nd. In addition, the undergraduate students will have a second paper, prepared by using an interactive CD-Rom from the National Gallery of London and other on-line museum information. This paper will be due Tuesday, March 6th. Further details of both assignments will be given in class.
Research paper (graduate students)
All graduate students will submit a research paper on a topic to be decided in consultation with the professors. Ideally, your topic would combine some aspects of both art and literature, or it could incorporate another broad interdisciplinary approach to 19th century British art or literature. Topics are due Feb. 13th.
Statement of Thesis and Preliminary Annotated Bibliography are due Feb. 27th. Each graduate student will submit a typed statement of thesis and preliminary annotated bibliography for your topic. You should briefly summarize in one or two paragraphs what you intend to cover and prove in your paper and include the preliminary annotated list of books and articles you have gathered to that point in your research. \
Research paper is due March 13th. Your paper should be approximately 15-20 (English graduate students) 12-15 (Art History graduate students) typed double-spaced pages along with a bibliography including books, articles and other research materials you have reviewed, using the MLA (English) or Turabian (Art History) style guides. All works of art that are discussed at length should be xeroxed , mounted on a clean page and labeled by artist, title, and date. Refer to them in your text as (Fig. 1).
Winter Quarter, 2001
January 11, ThursdayThe British Response: Portraiture, Landscape and Architecture
Artists and Critics: J.J. Winckelmann, Anton Raphael Mengs,
Giovanni Panini, Pompeo Batoni, Giovanni Piranesi, Johann Zoffany, Angelika Kauffmann, Joshua Reynolds, Benjamin West, Robert Adam, Edmund Burke, Richard Wilson, Joseph Wright of Derby
Readings: browse The Grand Tour, ed. Wilton and Bignamini, exh. Cat. Tate Gallery, London, 1996
WEEK 8Art and Literature: England and the Italian Renaissance, cont.
February 20, Tuesday Browning, poems
February 22, Thursday Late Pre-Raphaelites: Edward Burne-Jones
Response paper due (all students)
Readings: Browning, “My Last Duchess,” “In a Gondola,”
“Pictor Ignotus,” “The Bishop Orders His Tomb,” “Fra Lippo
Lippi,” “Andrea del Sarto,” “Two in the Campagna,” “A
Grammarian’s Funeral”; browse Wildman and Christian,
Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer
The Victorian Nude
Readings:Keats, “On First Seeing the Elgin Marbles”;
Jenkins, “Frederic Lord Leighton and Greek Vases” (Xerox
On reserve); browse High Victorian Renaissance, exh. Cat.
Artists:Lord Leighton, Alma-Tadema, Albert Moore