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Fall 2014 First-Year Seminar BC1296 section 001
THE HUDSON: AMERICA'S RIVER
THE HUDSON: "AMERICA'S RIVER"
|Day & Time
405 Barnard Hall
|Course Description||Called "America's River," the Hudson not only runs right behind our campus, but right through American history. Throughout American history the Hudson River has been a complex social and cultural entity, simultaneously a commercial conduit, a historic place at the center of the American Revolution, an industrial resource, and a privileged site for aesthetic experiences and the as birthplace of modern environmentalism. In this course you will explore the Hudson in relationship to the varied historical communities which have made meaning with it, identifying its contributions to discourses of nation and nature, but also race, gender, art and science. Readings will include literary works by Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper as well as essays and poems on subjects from fairies to trees to architecture to railroad travel. Close analysis of works of architecture, landscape design, and the iconic paintings of the Hudson River School will be accompanied by an exploration of the various methods for "reading" these objects and paintings. Visits to Museum collections and to sites along the river will be an important part of the curriculum.|
|Department||First-Year Seminar Program @Barnard|
|Enrollment||14 students as of 11:30PM Friday, October 24, 2014|
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