September 15 - 1 Thomas Cole(1801-48 a Founder of the Hudson River School of Painting b Course of Empire(The savage state(5 pictures b.i Picture of

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September 15, 2010 1. Thomas Cole (1801-48) a. Founder of the Hudson River School of Painting b. “Course of Empire (The savage state)” (5 pictures) b.i. Picture of the earth, dominated by problems of the picturesque. b.ii. Native Americans disappear and white people show up. (The Arcadian State) c. Picturesque aesthetics c.i. Front part of picture: Picturesque (wild) c.ii. Middle of picture plane: Beautiful (settled) c.iii. Rear of picture plane: Sublime (apocalyptic) d. Picturesque “history” d.i. “history” is properly the study of the rise and fall of civilizations d.ii. “history” therefore as repeating cycles d.iii. Problem for “history”: is it possible to stave off or subvert the fall of a great civilization, or are they all doomed to collapse? d.iv. Aesthetically, can we move from a picturesque era to a beautiful era without bringing on sublime destruction? e. Picture from “Mohicans” (1826-7) e.i. Can barely see the Indians in the picture, the human part are the unimportant part, the important part of the picture is the setting. e.ii. Picturesque elements stand out, rather than the humans 2. Genre: a. Northrop Frye and the 4 archetypes: tragedy, comedy, romance, and satire b. What is best to describe the Mohicans? b.i. Perspective of Duncan Heyward Romance b.ii. Tragedy vs. Comedy: b.ii.1. Tragedy: Order, Disorder, re-ordering due to death of the tragic hero and final mourning b.ii.2. Comedy: Order, Disorder, restitution of order b.iii. Is Uncas a tragic hero? b.iii.1.
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2011 for the course IAH 207 taught by Professor Johns during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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September 15 - 1 Thomas Cole(1801-48 a Founder of the Hudson River School of Painting b Course of Empire(The savage state(5 pictures b.i Picture of

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