ARTH 260 * Introduction to Art History * Professor Sarah Benson * Spring 2005
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online resourcesCornell Library | Grove Dictionary of Art | Encyclopaedia Britannica | Oxford Dictionary of Art | Oxford Companion to Western Art | Oxford Dictionary of Architecture | History of Art Dept. | Cornell Homepage
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Empire, individuality, and the representation of the American West
Complete the readings and prepare answers for the following questions in your journal.
1) Look for passages in POHL's "Old World, New World" that define the American frontier or the American West. Some have claimed that the frontier experience left a permanent mark on the American national character; how so?
2) What are the various forms of spectacle in which Native Americans were represented and displayed for Euro-Americans?
3) What were the functions and messages of the works below? How do they represent the status of individuals and the "course of empire"?
* STOKSTAD, AH , "Naturalistic, Romantic, and Neoclassical American Art," "Landscape and Genre Painting," pp. 958-962
* POHL, "Old World, New World: The Encounter of Cultures on the American Frontier"