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Beginner's Guide to the Humanities, A,9780130193742

Beginner's Guide to the Humanities, A

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1st
ISBN13:

9780130193742

ISBN10:
0130193747
Media:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2003
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

An ideal supplemental text for any undergraduate course in humanities, or Introduction to the Arts. Helping students learn how to observe, enjoy, think about and feel in response to the arts, this practical beginner's guide to appreciating and experiencing culture gives students a handy introduction to the world of arts that they can carry with them. Self-contained chapters provide an essential companion guide to understanding a specific arti.e., painting, sculpture, music, theaterwith concisely defined key terms one should know, as well as a clear and insightful explanation of its process of creation.

Table of Contents

Painting
1(14)
How to Talk in Pictures
1(1)
The World of Painting
2(1)
A Real Encounter: Diego's Dog
3(2)
Extreme Art: The Paintbrush as Naked Woman
4(1)
The Took Kit: Painting
5(4)
Medium
5(1)
Form
5(2)
Color
7(1)
Subject
8(1)
Pictorial Miscellany
8(1)
The Experience: How to Look at a Picture
9(1)
Style Guide: The Tradition
10(1)
Companion to Painting
11(4)
Sculpture
15(12)
Giving Shape to the World
15(2)
A Real Encounter: A Shrine of Sorrow
17(2)
Extreme Sculpture: Bust in Blood
18(1)
The Tool Kit: Sculpture
19(2)
The Sculptural Process
19(1)
Sculptural Types
20(1)
Sculptural Materials
20(1)
Form
20(1)
Sculptural Subjects
20(1)
Sculptural Miscellany
21(1)
The Experience: Sizing Up a Sculpture
21(1)
Style Guide: Sculptors---Greats Since the Greeks
22(1)
Companion to Sculpture
23(4)
Architecture
27(17)
Why Buildings Stand
27(1)
What Buildings Mean
28(2)
A Real Encounter: The Magic of Fallingwater
30(1)
The Tool Kit: Architecture
31(6)
Materials
31(1)
Methods of Construction
32(1)
The Arch
32(1)
The Classical Temple
33(1)
The Church
34(1)
Architectural Decoration
35(1)
Architectural Miscellany
36(1)
The Experience: How to be In a Building
37(1)
Style Guide: Architecture in American Cities, c. 2000
38(2)
Companion to Architecture
40(4)
Music
44(16)
Music Class
44(1)
The Essentials of Music
45(2)
A Real Encounter: Four Seasons in a Gothic Light
47(1)
The Tool Kit: Music, Technically Speaking
47(6)
Musical Scales
47(1)
Harmony
48(1)
The Instruments
49(1)
Dynamics
50(1)
Vocal Forms
50(1)
Instrumental Forms
50(1)
Theatrical Forms
51(1)
Music A to Z
51(2)
The Experience: How to Listen---Really Listen
53(1)
Style Guide: Musical Styles You're Most Likely to Hear
54(2)
Companion to Music
56(4)
Theater
60(16)
The Elements of Drama
60(1)
Who Makes the Play?
61(1)
A Real Encounter: An Angel over America
62(2)
The Tool Kit: Theater
64(3)
The Stage
64(1)
The Set
64(1)
Theater by Degree
65(1)
A Theater Glossary
66(1)
The Experience: Playing Along
67(2)
Style Guide: A User's Guide to the Theater
69(2)
Genres
69(1)
Historical Types (European only)
69(2)
Companion to Theater
71(5)
Opera and Musical Theater
76(15)
Opera---The Greatest Art?
76(3)
The Voice Is the Thing
78(1)
Operatic Voices
79(1)
A Real Encounter: Opera's Unrepentant Sinner
79(2)
Open for Debate: Operatic Re-makes...or Rip-offs?
80(1)
The Tool Kit: Opera
81(2)
Opera by Degree
81(1)
Opera Miscellany
81(2)
The Experience: Stories in Song
83(2)
Style Guide: Operatic Operators
85(2)
Companion to Opera and Musical Theater
87(4)
Dance
91(14)
The Poetry of Movement
91(1)
Elements of Dance
92(2)
A Real Encounter: The Continuity of Dance
94(1)
The Tool Kit: Dance
95(3)
Types of Dance
95(1)
The Ballet Company
95(1)
Dance Technique
96(2)
Dance Miscellany
98(1)
The Experience: Move to the Music
98(1)
Style Guide: Great Names in Dance
99(3)
Great Ballets
99(1)
Choreographer and Company
100(1)
Dancers of the Modern
101(1)
Companion to Dance
102(3)
The Printed Image: Prints, Photos, Digital Art
105(16)
The Arts of Mechanical Reproducibility
106(1)
Open for Debate: Falsifiable Photographs
107(1)
The Tool Kit: Printmaking
107(3)
Engraving
107(1)
Relief
108(1)
Other Processes
109(1)
Printmaking Miscellany
109(1)
The Tool Kit: Photography
110(4)
The Film
110(1)
The Camera
110(2)
The Darkroom
112(1)
Color Photography
112(1)
Photographic Genres
113(1)
Photographic Miscellany
113(1)
The Tool Kit: Digital Images
114(1)
The Experience: Pictures, Pictures Everywhere
115(1)
Style Guide: Masters of the Printed Image
116(1)
Companion to the Printed Image
117(4)
Movies
121(14)
The Novel of the Twentieth Century
121(1)
Who Makes a Movie?
122(1)
A Real Encounter: A Shot Heard `Round the Film World
123(1)
The Tool Kit: The Movies
124(4)
Camera Work
124(1)
The Shot (Continued)
125(1)
The Story
126(1)
Editing
126(1)
Sound and Effects
127(1)
Film Miscellany
128(1)
The Experience: Watching While Thinking
128(1)
Style Guide: Movie Genres
129(2)
Companion to Movies
131(4)
Encountering the Arts
135(6)
Touring a City
135(2)
Visiting a Museum
137(2)
Attending a Performance
139(2)
Index 141

Excerpts

I remember beginning to play basketball at age eight, a game I still play twice a week, rickety knees and all. My dad handed me a basketball and told me to throw it as high as I could against the garage wall. He wanted to see if I could reach the ten-foot rim. I must have done okay, because he went right out to dig the post-holes in the backyard for a basketball goal. I played my best games on that goal in the Winter moonlight, dribbling on a frozen mud court. Think of this handbook as the garage wall and postholes for a different game--a lifelong enjoyment of the arts. It's easy for folks to think they don't measure up to high culture. They're intimidated by the orchestra in white tie and tails, or the hallowed silence of a museum. They're puzzled by the painting they see on the walls or by the drama where nothing seemed to happen. And opera--isn't that fat ladies singing? If it's confidence you lack, this handbook offers a gentle push through the door of that museum, theater, or concert hall. Once your fanny's in a seat at the Met or you're wandering the Louvre, this guide will deepen your experience of the moment. It teaches you to observe and enjoy, to think and feel in response to the arts. And afterwards at the bar or coffee-shop, or reading the museum guide or a newspaper review a day later, you'll find you speak the critical language of the arts. You'll know you're in the game when you find yourself in conversation with friends and family, and someone asks how you know all that. Maybe I'm the person to give you courage because I started where many of you do--as a beginner. I was reared in a small-town family that hardly ever ventured to the big city for culture. The first real play I remember was my sister's high school musical. I wandered through some museums in college, but as a literature major, I didn't pay much attention. I could tell you the plots of dozens of novels, but just one painting sticks in my memory--Goya'sSaturn Devouring His Children.As a college student loose in Madrid, I wandered through a door at the Prado, turned, and Saturn stopped me cold. Now I teach and write professionally about the visual arts (I'm art critic for a medium-sized city newspaper) as someone who's mostly self-taught. What I know about the visual and performing arts comes from reading books, magazines, and newspapers, and listening to smart people, and then constantly seeking out new experiences in the world of high culture. I have learned to understand and love the arts through a lifelong, incremental layering of knowledge and experience. As a teacher by vocation, I think that's the best way to learn. Being smart about art (and about other things, too) doesn't require a sophisticate's birthright or a minimum intelligence score or even a college degree. Art smarts come to an open mind that's willing to reach out, take a risk, and encounter new experience. I'm hoping that mind is yours. WHAT'S IN THIS BOOK Nine of the chapters that follow are each devoted to an art as you'll encounter it out there in the real world of museums, galleries, concert halls, theaters--all the places and spaces of culture where it actually exists. In each chapter, you'll find some or all of these elements. REAL ENCOUNTER Recollections and reflections are from my own encounters with works of art in this medium. Some are drawn from my own journal entries, written in the shelf-full of spiral notebooks. Some are based on my collection of performance programs, newspaper articles and reviews, and postcards--all the stuff I keep as a physical memory of the encounter. I often do the same thing with great meals at friends' homes or restaurants as a way of recalling the pleasure of the moment. It's a mental snapshot of the encounter. TOOL KIT A glossary of essential terms provides definitions of everything you need to know about this ar


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