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F15 Traisnel - ENGLISH 298 - Introduction to Literary Studies: Artificial Natures

“Nature is an imitation of Art,” Oscar Wilde famously declared. With his provocation to recognize that nature and artifice are (despite what we might think) hardly opposed, we will explore in this seminar how the study of literature addresses this seeming paradox. How, for instance, does fiction fashion worlds that appear natural? Or, conversely, how can the tools of literary criticism be used to reveal that what we call nature is in fact highly constructed, from the marginalization of certain populations to the emergence of scientific objectivity itself? This course will impart on students interpretive skills for engaging a variety of literary works from different periods and genres—poetic, fictional, cinematic, artistic, and philosophical—and will prepare them for upper-level English and other Humanities courses. Students will be exposed to a wide array of topics: postcolonial literature, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, critical race studies, ecocriticism. We’ll read works by writers and thinkers such as Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Friedrich Nietzsche, James Baldwin, Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Bishop, and J. M. Coetzee toward a new awareness of the English and Anglophone literary scene and an ability to read critically and write with clarity.

Ernst Kirchner
Bathing Girls
graphite on paper
15 15/16 in. x 19 1/2 in. ( 40.5 cm x 49.5 cm )
Gift of Herbert Barrows
Train tracks curve from bottom center upward through center and off to the left; steaming locomotive pulling three freight cars past three storage sheds located in center of track loop. The background shows 3 mountain peaks, echoed in three clouds overhead. In the foreground, bottom corners are trees or other dense foliage. Artist's sketch from life; Kirchner developed a rapid, stroke-oriented (as opposed to detail-oriented) sketch style when out in the world.
Ernst Kirchner
Curved Railroad Tracks, Taunus (Bahnkurve Taunus), study for 1916 lithograph Landscape in Taunus (Landschaft im Taunus)
ink on artist board
7 5/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. ( 19.37 cm x 20.96 cm )
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection
Within a black background a white oval shape sits at center; within the oval are a series of abstracted forms and lines in primary colors all characteristic of Kandinsky's style.
Wassily Kandinsky
Small Worlds III
lithograph on paper
14 in x 11 in (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm);10 15/16 in x 9 1/8 in (27.78 cm x 23.2 cm);13 9/16 in x 11 in (34.4 cm x 28 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 3/8 in (49 cm x 36.5 cm)
Museum Purchase
This photograph is divided in a grid of two rows, each made up of eleven vertical images. In each of these frames, a naked man is shown climbing the rungs of a ladder. Each frame depicts the movement of his body as he makes his ascent.
Eadweard Muybridge
Man Climbing Ladder, Plate III
collotype on paper
19 in x 24 1/8 in (48.3 cm x 61.3 cm);22 1/8 in x 28 3/16 in (56.2 cm x 71.6 cm)
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection
A portrait image in two tones of blue printed slightly off match, showing a man at the center dressed in a white shirt, tie and slacks, with dark-rimmed glasses. The man is leaning over a automoton/robot, which is seated to the left of him. On the right and to the back, are two more standing robots. Each robot has humanoid features like a face, torso, arms, hands, legs, and feet with boots on. Two of the robots, one seated and one to the back at the center, have their internal workings revealed with their central torso panel removed, showing wires and indeterminate parts. 
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Watch out for miracles... new hope for better babies
screenprint on paper
14 15/16 in x 10 in (37.94 cm x 25.4 cm)
Gift of Professor Diane M. Kirkpatrick
A mixed media assemblage consisting of welding goggles, rusted metal, a padlock, and two rusted bells hanging from a chain mounted on a wooden board with screws. The position of the objects, with goggles at the top, makes the assemblage look vaguely face-like.
George Vargas
Michigan Worker
welding goggles, metal, hanging bells, rusty bottle cap, pulleys, chains, and padlock mounted on plywood
20 7/8 in x 10 3/8 in x 2 9/16 in (53.02 cm x 26.35 cm x 6.51 cm);20 7/8 in x 10 3/8 in x 2 9/16 in (53.02 cm x 26.35 cm x 6.51 cm)
Gift of the artist
André Masson
The Industrial Beast (La Bête industrielle), Plate IX from "Bestiary (Bestiaire)"
lithograph on paper
16 in x 12 in (40.64 cm x 30.48 cm);16 in x 12 in (40.64 cm x 30.48 cm);22 1/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 46.04 cm)
Museum Purchase
This vertical print is bisected by four horizontal light blue squares approximately one third of the way up from the bottom. The second square from the left is joined by a square above and below so that all the liight blue squares create a horizontally oriented cross. Both inside and outside the cross-grid there are seven tan figures, who seem to be engaged in a variety of activities. There are a number of designs that move out from the cross, some related to what is pictured inside and some not. The print is signed and dated (l.l.) "Matta 47" and numbered (l.r.) "57/70" in pencil.
Roberto Matta
I Want To See It To Believe It
color lithograph on paper
16 1/2 in x 13 in (41.91 cm x 33.02 cm);16 1/2 in x 13 in (41.91 cm x 33.02 cm);22 1/16 in x 18 1/8 in (56.04 cm x 46.04 cm);28 1/8 in x 22 1/8 in (71.44 cm x 56.2 cm)
Museum Purchase
An assemblage of found objects: a salvaged wood frame with wood inlay letters spelling &quot;COLORED,&quot; four portrait photographs of African American females (two photogaphs on either side of a printed poem), nine thread samples under photographs, and one hand mirror hanging on a decorative brass hook to the viewer&#39;s right of the frame. The poem reads:&nbsp;<br />
&quot;Light is Alright<br />
Yellow is Mellow<br />
Brown, Stick Around<br />
Black, Get Back<br />
(but black don&#39;t crack)&quot;<br />
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The wood has a strong smell, may have been treated with molasses.<br />
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Betye Saar
Colored
mixed media assemblage with photographs, paper, and thread on wood
14 ½ in x 30 in x 1 ½ in (36.83 cm x 76.2 cm x 3.81 cm);10 in x 5 in x ½ in (25.4 cm x 12.7 cm x 1.27 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by Dr. James and Vivian Curtis and the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
This photograph is a studio portrait of a woman with styled hair, wearing a light-colored salon cape around her shoulders. 
Philippe Halsman
Color Rinse
gelatin silver print on paper
9 7/8 in x 8 1/4 in (25.08 cm x 20.96 cm)
Gift of Gilbert M. Frimet
This print has rows of stencilled black text in all capital letters on white background. In pencil, the print is signed and dated (l.r.) "Glenn Lignon '92" and numbered (l.l.) "27/45". 
Glenn Ligon
Untitled
etching, aquatint, spitbite, and sugarlift on Rives BFK paper
25 in x 17 1/4 in (63.5 cm x 43.82 cm);32 3/16 in x 26 3/16 in (81.76 cm x 66.52 cm)
Museum Purchase
This print has rows of stencilled black text in all capital letters on black background. In pencil, the print is signed and dated (l.r.) "Glenn Lignon '92" and numbered (l.l.) "27/45". 
Glenn Ligon
Untitled
etching, aquatint, spitbite, and sugarlift on Rives BFK paper
25 in x 17 1/4 in (63.5 cm x 43.82 cm);32 3/16 in x 26 3/16 in (81.76 cm x 66.52 cm)
Museum Purchase

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