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UNIVERSITY HONORS

HNRS-400
Advanced University Honors Colloquium (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: admission to University Honors Program and junior or senior standing.

HNRS-400
001H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced University Honors Colloquium (3)

Revolution: Art and Politics in Nineteenth Century France

The nineteenth century has been called "the age of revolutions." This course examines four revolutionary moments during the "long nineteenth century"--1789, 1830, 1848, and 1871--focusing on the ways in which, in these turbulent times, actions inspired images and images inspired actions. The course considers each of these moments in relation to one another and to the very concept of "revolution" but also discusses the distinctive aspects of each case study in particular, as each correlates to the emergence of a major artistic movement (Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism). Students discuss such overarching themes as the centrality of the live body to revolutionary art and its role in shaping an imagined body politic; the concept of "the masses" and its relationship to artistic elites; and the gendering of such abstract ideas as "liberty" and "the nation." Meets with ARTH-696 002.