2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Universal Themes in Art, Literature, and Life


Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 quarters

Donald Foran English literature , Patt Blue photography
Fields of Study
literature, visual arts and writing
Preparatory for studies or careers in
visual arts, education, literary arts, and all fields which benefit from careful analysis and effective communication.

How do universal themes inform our actions and our work as writers and photographers? As artists, photographers, and writers become better at capturing the unique particularities they discover in life through their craft, they increasingly articulate common themes. The combined study of universal themes, literature and photography provides an opportunity to explore the differences, similarities, and intersections.

Throughout this rigorous program, we will examine universal themes expressed in classic literature through reading, writing, and discussion. Literary texts in fall quarter include Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville, The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad, several Raymond Carver stories. Guest writers include Paul Lindholdt and Carolyne Wright. Analytic and creative writing assignments run through the quarter

Photography readings include Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes, and Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee and Walker Evans. Slides and videos of artists Duane Michals, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank,  Diane Arbus, Shelby Lee Adams and others will be shown and discussed in conjunction with visual assignments.

In winter, individual photography and writing projects will be a major emphasis. Our focus is to equip participants with the visual literacy to develop a signature style and analytical and creative writing skills.

To this end, we’ll read stories, poems, one play, Doubt , and one novel, Pale Fire . After analysis we will write our own stories, poems, and possibly dramatic scenes. In photography, we’ll be exposed to the work of Dave Heath, Nan Goldin, Clarissa Sligh, Christian Boltanski, Sophie Calle, and David Wojnarowicz.

Program participants will journey to Seattle for exhibitions at the Northwest Photography Center and other galleries.

It is challenging to chart the intersection of art and life, but this program goes a long way toward doing so.

Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Required Fees
Fall $30/Winter $50 for museums and performances.
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
November 28th, 2011 Description has been updated to reflect winter specific content.
November 21st, 2011 Winter fees updated.
November 18th, 2011 Signature requirement added for winter
May 2nd, 2011 New program added.