ENGL379B - Special Topics in Literature; Art, Architecture & Literature

This course is a look at how novelists, poets, and playwrights use pictures and buildings in their work.  Such things can be as important as the humans. Readings (on theory) will taken from the following: Sacheverill Sitwell, British Architects and Craftsmen; John Berger, Ways of Seeing; Michael Baxendall, Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy;  John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice and Praeterita; Rosemary Hill, God's Architect: A.W.N. Pugin; Fiona MacCarthy, Stanley Spencer;  & Graham Hough, The Last Romantics.  

Fiction and drama may include: Alan Bennett, A Question of Attribution; Ovid, Metamorphoses & Virgil, The Aeneid; Peter Ackroyd, Hawksmoor; J.L. Carr, A Month in the Country; Joe Whelan, The Earthly Paradise; William Golding, The Spire; Charles Wright, Vincent in Brixton; & Pam Gems, Stanley.  Requirements:  3 exams, 30 pages of writing; attendance at a professional play; visit to one historic house; visits to the National Cathedral, the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and the Franciscan Monastery in D.C.; & one in-class presentation.