HUMN 311 F005: Visual Art Seminar

These seminars are taught from the viewpoint of a practicing artist, and focus on historical and/or contemporary issues relevant to particular disciplines or subjects. Seminars develop student critical awareness of the content and context of cultural production in relation to a wide range of practices and theories. Students attend lectures and discussion groups; in addition they are required to undertake research, give presentations, complete visual projects, and write papers. Descriptions of specific seminar topics are available by clicking the section hotlink on myEC or through connect.ecuad.ca.

Priority is given to CRCP, PHOT, ILUS, and VIAR students in Years 3 and 4. Students outside of the registration priority group may register/waitlist for this course as of the registration rule release date.

Course content: 

Topic: The Beat Aesthetic:  Poetics & Politics in Post-War American Culture/Counterculture
This HUMN 311 course deals with the art ... painting, poetry, novels, films, music ... as well as the social politics and hipness generated by outsiders, by being “cool”, by being “Beat”. The term Beat or Beat Generation comes from street talk of the late 1940s. It meant beaten. “The world against me” said Herbert Hunke, who introduced the term to William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. The Beat Aesthetic studies the growth of Beat counterculture in America that gave rise to jazz musicians like Charlie “Bird” Parker and writers such as Diane De Prima, Leroy Jones (Amira Baraka), Kerouac and Ginsberg. Other artists covered in the course include John Cassavetes, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Laurie Anderson, The Fugs, Anais Nin, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, The New York Dolls, Jean-Michel Basquait and Tom Waits. Dig it.

Prerequisites: 

Completion of 51 credits

Additional comments: 
TOPIC: The Beat Aesthetic: Poetics & Politics in Post-War American Culture/Counterculture
Instructor information: 
Meeting Information: 
Date / Time Days Room Building
Sep 9-Dec 17
12:30:00-15:20:00
TH B2160 MAIN