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

Spring 2006

E 320M • Nineteenth Century Literature, Art, and Architecture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33320 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 104

Course Description


We will explore the impact our environment has on us, with special emphasis on the 19th c. concepts of "Gothic" and "Truth to Nature". Meetings outside the classroom will be devoted to observing, drawing, and writing about buildings and works of art, while those in the classroom will focus on the literature which encouraged them and, via the internet, the European buildings that inspired them. We will meet at buildings on campus (such as the Littlefield house) and off campus (such as the Taniguchi Garden, St. Mary's cathedral, and the Capitol building). We will also meet at the Humanities Research Center to examine various artifacts from books to paintings to stained glass. Student projects will combine verbal and visual formats, either in illustrated essays or websites. At times we will use networked computers to examine buildings in England and France to achieve more collaborative class discussion and to provide more feedback about projects.

Grading Policy

Projects (15% for each first draft, 10% for each revision) about 50%
Informal writing, class participation, and a final portfolio of all your writing about 50%
The informal writing includes a Learning Record in which you reflect on your learning style, your goals, and your progress toward them.


A collection of Xeroxed materials selected from John Ruskin's The Nature of Gothic; Henry Adams's Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres; Crowe's Nature and the Idea of a Man-Made World; Dobie's Longhorn and Mustangs and other sources, to be purchased from Jenn's, 2000 Guadalupe (basement of the Church of Scientology building at 22nd), 473-8669. Internet. One of our goals is to explore the new reading and writing of the Internet. Students will need to check their email daily, become familiar with the course website and the Discussion Boards and Online Grading System of Blackboard, and be willing to explore the virtual space and "ghosts" of our Mappa Mundi website.


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