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ENG 308
Literature & The Related Arts
SYNESTHESIA, SFUMATO & SPIRIT
Spring 2013


Lok Glob, Kenny Scharf

  
email me Professor: Bill McBride  
Meeting time:  T & R 11am-12:15pm Meeting place: STV 221
Office Hours: T & R 10-10:50am Office:  STV 336 438-7998

Description
This course will attempt to cross genric borders and disable filters as a mode of examining the relations of “art” and its odd and spiritual ontological status. After establishing some fluency in an aesthetico-philosophical tradition, students will consider works that seek to encourage said disabling and perform such crossing. Early in the semester we'll visit the Glantzman and Fain exhibits at the University Galleries, and Barry Blinderman (Director) will guest lecture on synesthesia. Later we’ll visit The House of the Seven Gables exhibit: “Inspired by a visual culture-based reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel, this exhibition draws together twenty artists whose work relates either visibly or metaphorically to themes of haunting, portraiture, and the architectural uncanny.”

Weekly writings and essays posted in ReggieNet

“Painting, in the pure sfumato and magic of its tones of colour and their contrast, and the fusion and play of their harmony, begins to swing over to music.” GWF Hegel. Vorlesungen über die Aesthetik (first published in 1835; English translation Lectures on Aesthetics by Bernard Bosanquet, 1886): (III, 81).

"All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music." Walter Pater- “The School of Giorgione.” Fortnightly Review, 1877

Synesthesia: a neurological condition in which two or more bodily senses are coupled, sometimes reported by individuals under the influence of psychedelic drugs that disable filters that keep signals unrelated to everyday functions from reaching the conscious mind.

 

Requirements

Attendance:Mandatory. 3 unexcused absences permitted. Each additional absence is penalized by half a letter grade.

Weekly written responses, participation in seminar, two critical essays.

Students may not choose those assignments (regardless of the point value) they wish to complete. Weekly posts, thesis statements, and the 2 assigned essays must be completed on time. Unexcused late essays will not be accepted.

Required Texts [at the bookstore, but any edition, any format works]

Adorno Aesthetic Theory [1970]
Beckett Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable
[1955, 56, 58]
Hawthorne House of Seven Gables
[1851]
Heidegger "Origin of the Work of Art"
[1936]
Kafka "The Metamorphosis" ["Die Verwandlung" 1915
]
Sacher-Masoch Venus in Furs [Venus im Pelz 1870]



Selections from but not limited to the following:
PAINTING Hans Arp, Paul Klee, Clyfford Still, Jackson Pollock, Kenny Scharf, Andy Warhol
SCULPTURE Alberto Giacometti
MASKS Classical Greek, Chinese, Japanese, & Indigenous Australian, American Tribal; Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Emile Nolde, Pablo Picasso, Otto Dix, Paul Klee
INSTALLATION Stonehenge, Easter Island
POETRY Psalms, Sarojini Naidu, Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, Adrienne Rich, Octavio Paz, Ted Hughes, Bob Dylan
FICTION Leopold von Sacher-Masoch-Venus im Pelz Venus & Furs, Kafka “The Metamorphosis” “Die Verwandlung,” Hawthorne House of Seven Gables, Beckett Trilogy, Hebrew Bible: Genesis, New Testament: Mathew, Romans, Revelation
FILM Vertov Man With A Movie Camera, Hitchcock Vertigo, Malick Tree of Life, Scorsese Taxi Driver & Life Lessons, Lynch Blue Velvet, G.W. Pabst Pandora's Box, Murnau Sunrise
FILM TO DRAMA Beckett-Not I, Jones/Baraka-Dutchman
MUSIC Frank Zappa, Maurice Ravel String Quartet In F Major (Second Movement), L’Enfant des Sortilege, John Zorn , Miles Davis, Sex Pistols-Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols, Arnold Schoenberg, Pete Townshend/The Who Lifehouse, Beethoven Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 ("Waldstein") - I. Allegro con brio, Charlie Parker, Stephen Soundheim, Cocteau Twins Unreadability , Franz Schubert Quintet Op. 163, D. 956 Scherzo: Presto, Trio: Andante sostenuto , Jimi Hendrix Sound Paintings
MUSIC TO PAINTING Brian Eno 77 Million Paintings
MUSIC TO DRAMA Parker, Lopez, Stone-Book of Mormon, Wagner-Tristan und Isolde
THEORY Aristotle-Poetics, Deleuze- Présentation de Sacher-Masoch/Coldness & Cruelty Friedrich Schiller Über die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen in einer Reihe von Briefen/Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man, Friedrich Nietzsche Die Geburt der Tragödie aus dem Geiste der Musik/Birth of Tragedy , Sigmund Freud Selections Viktor Shklovsky-Art as Device, Hegel Vorlesungen über die Ästhetik/Aesthetics, Heidegger Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes/The Origin of the Work of Art , T.W. Adorno Ästhetische Theorie/Aesthetic Theory , Wagner "Das Kunstwerk der Zukunft"/"The Artwork of the Future
Shoes, Vincent van Gogh Philosophers Rumble Over Van Gogh’s Shoes

Judy Glantzman: Face to Face January 14 - March 3, 2013
Since her emergence in the 1980s with cut-out life-size portraits of East Village
luminaries, Judy Glantzman has created haunting and vividly composed works
that are equally revealing as inner portraits and reflections on the turbulence of
our contemporary experience. The exhibition includes drawings and sculpture,
and an on-site wall installation.

Ben Fain: no in future January 14 - March 3, 2013
Ben Fain uses the parade, one of popular culture's most ubiquitous rituals, as a
medium of cultural critique. He wrests violence from this ostensibly benign
spectacle to tell stories of public trauma and tragedy. This mixed-media
installation includes artifacts and photographs from recent performances, in
addition to drawings and paintings.


Figure 3: Jimi Hendrix’s “1983” undersea theme improvisation (at 5:47), transcribed by Will Fulton, The Graduate Center, CUNY, rhythms approximated
“Science-Fiction Rock and Roll”: Sound Painting and Social Subtext in Jimi Hendrix’s “1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)”


Not I
[1972]
Pas Moi    Not I text


The Stonehenge Free Festival


Tristan und Isolde









Format of Course
Lecture/Seminar/Gallery visits/Screenings/Listenings/Discussion.  All students will:

1. Post weekly responses (350 word minimum) to that week's activities in ReggieNet due each Friday 11:55 pm;
2. Prepare and when called upon give an analysis from each week's assignments;
3. Compose a short interpretive essay on one or more of the materials scheduled during the first 7 weeks (Grads 1800 words min/Undergrads 1300 words min.) due 3/6 @ 5pm.
4. A written proposal of the final research project due 4/17 @ 5pm.
5.A final research paper of 2500 words (minimum) for undergraduates and 3500 words (minimum) for graduate students due 5/6 @ 11:55pm.

I reserve the right to amend this syllabus. Students may not choose those assignments (regardless of the point value) they wish to complete.

Grade evaluation will be determined by satisfying #s 1-5 and the student's ability to synthesize one or more of the theoretical approaches presented in readings and lectures, and apply such a perspective to a cultural "text" or "site" in a well-written, coherent final essay.

Grading Formula
26 points Weekly ReggieNet posts/writing assignment
14 points Class Participation
25 points Essay #1
35 points Research paper


Provisional Syllabus
1/15-First Day Introductions-Origins/Borders
1/17-Heidegger-“Origin of the Work of Art”
1/22 Shklovsky “Art as Technique”
1/24-MFA Exhibit/Glanzman/Fain Tour University Galleries
1/29 Scharf “Who Wants Gum?”
1/31 Beckett-Molloy
2/5 von Sacher-Masoch-Venus in Furs
2/7 Deleuze-Coldness and Cruelty
2/12 Hitchcock-Vertigo
2/14 Lynch-Blue Velvet
2/19 Kafka-The Metamorphosis
2/21 Kafka- The Metamorphosis & Thesis Statements
2/26 The House of Seven Gables Exhibit–Kendra Paitz Tour
2/28 Hawthorne-The House of Seven Gables
3/5 Sacks-“The Key of Clear Green”
3/7 Barry Blinderman Presentation on Synesthesia
Spring Break!
3/19 Scorsese-Life Lessons, McBride-“A Whiter Shade of Paulette”
3/21 Harry Sidebotham presentation
3/26 Jones/Baraka/Harvey-Dutchman, McBride “Dutchman Heaped in Modern Cinema”
3/28 Michael Mayer Presentation
4/2 Jeff Little Presentation
4/4 2013 American Comparative Literature Association conference at the University of Toronto “Global Positioning Systems”-class cancelled http://www.acla.org/acla2013/conference-theme/
4/9 Painting: Eno 77 Million Paintings, Arp, Warhol, Still, Pollock
4/11 Grace Urrutia Presentation; Cocteau Twins “Iceblink Luck”
4/16 Adorno-Aesthetic Theory, "Music, Language, Composition," “The Fetish Character in Music and the Regression of Listening,” “Music and Language,” “On Popular Music”
4/18 Proposals (due 4/17) Workshop
4/23 Proposals Workshop
4/25 Jeff Rients Presentation
4/30 Jeffrey Higgins/Eric Longfellow Presentations
5/2 Wagner-Tristan und Isolde, Nietzsche-Birth of Tragedy-Wagner- “The Artwork of the Future,” Adorno-“Opera and the Long Playing Record,” Terry Riley-A Rainbow in Curved Air, Glass-Music in Similar Motion, Sculpture/Installations/Masks Course Evaluations