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Course name: Aesthetics: Diversity in Criticism and Analysis of the Arts

Kód: U-UVON-010 Class meeting time: Monday 17.40-19.30

UB-OBV-08 Location: Room 106 – Moskovská 2

UB-CJK-16 Units: three (3)

Instructor: Professor Julie C. Van Camp, Fulbright Lecturer

Office: Moskovská 3 – Room 317

Office hours: Mondays 15.00-17.00 and Thursdays 10.30-12.30

Office telephone: 02/50222-337 Office voicemail: 02/50222-335

E-mail (preferred contact): OR

Week One: Goals and methodologies for the course; introductions

Week Two-Three: What is aesthetics? Critical thinking about art? What is art criticism? What are philosophical questions and methodologies? How does philosophical “talk” about art differ from art appreciation, art history, and art criticism?

Week Four-Five: The nature of art from different theoretical vantage points; how different assumptions change what we see (formalist vs. expressionist vs. representation)

Week Six-Seven: Critical perspectives: the elements of description, interpretation, evaluation/judgment; evaluation of art: the meaning of the word “good”

Week Eight-Nine: The significance of gender, race, and culture in art criticism

Week Ten-Eleven: Teaching aesthetics

Week Twelve: Summary and review
Grading: A (best) – Fx (failed)
Examinations of competence:

(1) mid-term exam: students will be given an example of art and asked to discuss it from the vantage point of specific ideas we have studied to that point (open book/open notes); the goal is to demonstrate ability to apply theoretical ideas to analysis of art (30%)

(2) final exam: essay questions demonstrating understanding of course material all term (30%)

(3) written paper: interview an art student (any discipline, including art education students) at the university; inquire as to the significance in the artist’s mind of their motivations, what they consider as art, how they believe their art should be described and evaluated, whether they consider; use course material explicitly to demonstrate understanding and applications (30%)

(4) class participation/attendance (10%)
Recommended literature:

Barrett, Terry. Why is that Art? Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN: 0195167422

Barrett, Terry. Criticizing Art, 2d ed. McGraw Hill, 2001. ISBN: 7115034X

Barrett, Terry. Interpreting Art. McGraw-Hill, 2002. ISBN: 0767416481

Beardsley, Monroe. Aesthetics from Classical Greece to the Present: A Short History. MacMillan, 1966.

Bosanquet. Bernard. A History of Aesthetic. Cosimo Classics, 2005. ISBN: 1596053240

Eaton, Marcia. Basic Issues in Aesthetics. Waveland Press, 1999. ISBN: 157766034X

Farris-Dufrene, Phoebe. Voices of Color: Art and Society in the Americas. Humanities Press, 1997. ISBN: 039103992X

Gaut, Berys. Routledge Companion to Aesthetics. Routledge, 2005. ISBN: 0415327989

Kelly, Michael, ed. Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Oxford University Press, 1998. ISBN: 0195113071

Kieran, Matthew. Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics. Blackwell Publishing, 2005. ISBN: 1405102403

Kivy, Peter, ed. Blackwell Guide to Aesthetics. Blackwell Publishing, 2005. ISBN: 063122131X

Levinson, Jerrold. Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics. Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN: 0199279454

Sheppard, Anne. Aesthetics: An Introduction to Philosophy of Art. Oxford University Press, 1987. ISBN: 0192891642

Stewart, Marilyn G. Thinking through Aesthetics. Davis Publishing, 1997. ISBN: 0871923629

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