ENGL379B - Special Topics in Literature; Art, Architecture & Literature
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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 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 in D.C.; visit to one historic house; class visits to the National Cathedral, the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and the Franciscan Monastery in D.C.; & one in-class presentation.