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Arts and Culture : An Introduction to the Humanities, Volume II (Reprint)

Arts and Culture : An Introduction to the Humanities, Volume II (Reprint) - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0130839008

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ISBN13: 978-0130839008
ISBN10: 0130839000
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Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 1998
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Arts and Culture : An Introduction to the Humanities, Volume II (Reprint) - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0130839008

Janetta R. Benton and Robert Diyanni

ISBN13: 978-0130839008
ISBN10: 0130839000
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Published: 1998
International: No

Richly illustrated, beautifully designed, and engaging, this introduction to humanities text offers an integrated exploration of Western civilization's cultural heritage. Students move chronologically through major periods and styles to gain insight into the achievements and ideas in painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, philosophy, religion, and music. Divided into 24 chapters, the text provides students with a historical (political, economic, and social) framework to contextualize these achievements within a specific time and place, from prehistoric culture to 20th-Century America. Attention is given to non-Western cultures and influences, making this text global in reach. Timelines, maps, four-color and two-color illustrations, and a variety of unique "interrelationship" boxes help students make important interdisciplinary and cross-cultural connections, and help them relate the richness and meaning of the past to their own lives in the present.

Organizes content chronologically -- beginning with a brief introduction to prehistoric culture and ending with 20th-Century multicultural America and the Global Village.

Available in a combined volume and in a two-volume split:

Volume I covers prehistory to the late Medieval (Chs. 1-12), and includes literary excerpts. Volume II covers the Early Renaissance in Italy to the present (Chs. 13-24), and includes literary excerpts. The Combined Volume includes Chs. 1-24, but does not include the literary excerpts.

Features an accessible engaging writing style.

Offers a beautifully-designed four color format -- with nearly 600 captioned illustrations -- in both four-color and two-color-- and color text features.

Provides a general introduction divided into two special parts:

Introduction to the humanities -- outlines the goals of a humanities course and offers students provocative questions-- What is culture? Why study the humanities? What can we learn by studying our Western cultural heritage in an integrated manner? A unique "Starter Kit" -- modeled on the Stokstad Art History starter kit for understanding the arts (painting, sculpture, and architecture) -- with additional discussions on understanding music, literature, philosophy, and religion.

Emphasizes universal aesthetic principles -- cultural achievements that transcend time and place -- but grounds them in a historical framework.

Proves that art does not happen in a vacuum.

Makes clear the effect socio-economic and political factors have on philosophical, ideological and religious ideas, and the artistic output of each period.

Consistently shows non-Western influences on Western culture and celebrates other cultures.

Offers separate coverage of the cultural achievements of India, China, Japan, Russia, Africa, and the Americas in 7 chapters integrated into the text's chronological framework. Features the diversity of non-Western influences in American culture today and the artistic achievements made by people living here who come from other countries, in Chapter 24.

Features three types of unique "interrelationship" boxes that make clear connections among various artistic media, disciplines, cultures, and time:

Connections -- highlight how artists'/thinkers' ideas in one discipline affected ideas and values shaped in another . Cross Currents -- explore connections made between two cultures, focusing on sub-topics in the various disciplines and helping students engage in cross-cultural studies. Then and Now -- help students link things they already know (Now) with things they don't know (Then). Draws from contemporary culture, showing students how artifacts of today's American culture have roots in past Western and non-Western civilizations alike.

Includes topically-oriented Timelines -- that link events and cultural achievements visually on focused time periods and styles.

Shows both key people and events in historical context.

Contains maps showing the geographic and the cultural boundaries for each chapter.

Emphasizes "cities as centers of civilization," immersing students in the social/cultural milieu.

Contains descriptive, often imaginative, passages on cities that flourished during the individual periods covered. e.g., a passage describing life in Florence gives students a chance to see, hear, and smell the delights of the early Renaissance in Italy.

Provides Pronunciation Guides -- located conveniently where students need them-- right next to the many difficult and unfamiliar names and terms.

Contains a selection of literary excerpts at the end of each chapter.

Features readings from Western and non-Western literature and representing both men and women.

Features more coverage on photography and film (media that students know and enjoy) -- and pays more attention to the culture and values in the 20th century (what students see around them) -- than other humanities texts.

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Volume I consists of Chs. 1-12; Volume II consists of Chs. 13-24; the Combined Volume consists of Chs. 1-24.)

13. The Renaissance in Italy.
14. The Renaissance in the North.
15. The Baroque Age.
16. The Eighteenth Century.
17. Romanticism & Realism.
18. The Belle Époque.
19. Later Chinese and Japanese Civilizations.
20. Russian Civilization.
21. The Age of Anxiety: The World at War.
22. Modern African & Latin American Civilizations.
23. The Age of Affluence: From Cold War to the Present.
24. The Diversity of Contemporary America and the Global Village.

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