Author: Christine Farr


Overview: Throughout history, humans have represented certain shared themes visually and through the written word. The purpose of the final project in this course is to explore the representation of such shared themes across time and culture. You will consider the persistence of such themes through the ages. To do this, you will employ a comparative approach.A primary method in the study of the humanities, a comparative approach allows us to reflect on a singular element and observe both the similarities and the differences. In employing a comparative approach, we begin to ask the questions necessary to come to an understanding of the objects being compared and the conditions/circumstances of their creation. We learn that each object is a product of its environment and its social, historical, and cultural climate.The final project for this course is the creation of an essay. You will utilize the comparative approach to study two works of art, one visual and one literary, and a common theme they share. This will help you come to an understanding of the meaning conveyed in these works. Finally, you will locate the shared theme in contemporary culture, whether in a work of art, a work of literature, a film, a marketing campaign, or a social construct (e.g., reality television or social media). 

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