Inventing America: How Art and Literature Shaped American Identity, ZOOM online class

This survey course will explore the idea of ‘nation’ and the emergence of our unique American identity through the eyes of its artists and writers. The active imagination of American artists and writers both shaped—and were shaped—by political, social and economic factors throughout our history. Art on this side of the Atlantic turned to our vast landscapes, diverse regional cultures and expanding cities with their melting pot communities, to define and differentiate itself. In turn, literature sought to capture the unique traits of the American persona, as we came to terms with the vast horizons and opportunities of the North American continent. The Laws of Nature, God, Man and urban life will frame the debate. The course includes a reading list for class discussion, and a range of images and music from the period will be considered.

Instructor: Richard Friswell

Date: Wednesdays, November 24, December 1, 8, 15, 22

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: ZOOM online course

Cost: $125