LIBA 200 B -- Culture and Expression: Renaissance to the Present

California State University, Sacramento
Department of History 
College of Arts and Letters

Spring 2004




Friedrich, The Wanderer

Caravaggio, Bacchus

Virginia Woolf

Marcel Proust

A lexander Pushkin

Short Articles



Sr. Wendy

Giotto to Bosch
North of the Alps
Passion and Ecstasy
Three Golden Ages

Dickinson "In the Garden"

Course Syllabus

Postmodernism Defined

Student Papers

Richard Strauss
Kandinski and Schoenberg
Frank Lloyd Wright

David, Napoleon in His Study

This is an interdisciplinary seminar on cultural movements, figures and art forms of eras from the Renaissance to the present. The focus is on the West with some global comparisons. There is some emphasis on theoretical perspectives and research techniques appropriate to the liberal arts. Since this is a graduate course, students will be expected to take an interpretive rather than descriptive approach to the material and to participate extensively in the presentation of course material.

The course will emphasize imaginative literature (the theater, novels, short stories and poetry), the visual arts, especially painting, and classical music, the whole unified at least in part by common attitudes and styles of an age in cultural history. The overarching theme is the progressive secularization of western culture from the beginning of the Renaissance to the present.

Students will do two short research papers on topics of their choice, present one audio-visual program in class, and assist the instructor with presentation of core classroom material.

The seminar is intended primarily for students in the Graduate Liberal Arts program, but interested and qualified students are welcome in the class with instructor's permission. The course should be valuable both to experienced students in the liberal arts and to mature beginning students.

Instructor: George S. Craft

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More information is available on Dr. Craft's homepage. You may contact the instructor via e-mail at

Bela Bartok


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