This schedule is subject to change as we work our way through the course. We may wish to spend more time on some texts, and less on others. “TBA” indicates areas where we may wish to add texts. .

It is your responsibility to be prepared for the week's readings. 



Subject of Discussion

Sept 9

Introduction/Syllabus Distribution


The Romantic Artist

Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"

Romanticism Summary


The Sister Arts

Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

Listen to "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

Sister Arts Summary

For AGA visit: Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction


Art for Art's Sake

Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (alt link)

Wilde the Dandy

Wilde, "The Decay of Lying"

23 No class: IS Conference

AGA: Rembrandt and Group of Seven

Rembrandt Videos

Aura: see readings below


The Social Production of Art

Berger, Ways of Seeing(16-32, 83-111, 129-154)

Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Tanner, Sociology of Art: A Reader (157-164)

Oct 2 Library Session for Art Research  Zoom:

Chevalier, Girl with a Pearl Earring

Ways of Seeing video


Atwood, Cat's Eye

Essay #1 due Oct 23

Nov 2-16

Other Visual Arts

Reading Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh Letters

Loving Vincent film website


Art and Appropriation

Carr, Klee Wyck

Library Assignment due Nov 13

Dec 2-4

short stories and poetry TBA

  Research Essay due Dec 4
7-9 Review
11 last day of classes
14  Final Exam: 1:00pm