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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Summer 2006

E s379M • The Sister Arts: Gardening, Painting and Poetry in Eighteenth-Century England (OXFORD)

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Course Description

Restricted to Participants in the Oxford Summer Program!
E 379S (Senior Seminar--The Sister Arts: Gardening, Poetry and Painting in Eighteenth-Century England) may not also be counted.
The concept of "the sister arts"--the idea that the three art forms of gardening, painting, and poetry bear a special and important relationship to one another--is unique to eighteenth-century British culture. In this interdisciplinary course, we will develop the skills of spatial, visual, and verbal analysis necessary to analyze that relationship. How can a garden be "poetic?" How can a poem be "painterly?" How can a painting inspire a garden? Field trips to famous English gardens designed in the eighteenth century (Stowe, Rousham, West Wycombe, Twickenham) and to major collections of landscape painting of the period (the National and Tate Galleries in London, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge) will be as important to our work as careful readings of eighteenth-century garden and landscape poems. Students can expect to finish the course with an introductory knowledge of late eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century English visual culture and a more detailed knowledge of the literature of the period.

Grading Policy

Weekly analytic journals worth 10% each, total 50%
A final presentation 20%
A 5-7-page final paper 25%
Attendance and participation 5%


Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
Sister Arts website (, or on DVD available from instructor) Please note: You will need access to a laptop computer to use the main textbook for this class, which is the Sister Arts website. If you wish to take the course but do not have a laptop, please check with Prof. Moore about borrowing one.


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