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    University of Virginia
  Jan 21, 2018
Undergraduate Record 2006-2007 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

ISHU 401B - Art and Society

This course proposes to examine the history of western culture through the history of the performing arts beginning with plays of ancient Greece and ending with musicals of twentieth-century Broadway and Hollywood.  The class will examine different works of art in order to discover what they can tell about the aspirations, fears and basic conflicts of the societies from which the emerged.  Individual artists, including Sophocles, Shakespeare, Mozart, Wagner and even Richard Rodgers, among others, will be studies to understand the changing and constant meaning of artistic genius.  The courses will be divided into eight different parts:  Golden Age Greece; Shakespeare’s Globe; Monteverdi’s Venice: Mozart’s Vienna and Salzburg: Wagner’s Bayreuth: Fin-de-Siecle Vienna; Black Gospel: Ragtime and American Opera: and twentieth century New York and Hollywood.  (IR)

Credits: 3