• Sharks in Venice

    by  • April 11, 2010 • 0 Comments

    Terry and I are taking our class preparation very seriously. Since one of our goals is to discuss depictions of Venice across all media, I, as the film theory half of the partnership, have been dutifully checking out various Venice-related movies with an eye toward using them to enhance our lectures. As a result,...

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    Conference Call for Papers

    by  • April 9, 2010 • 0 Comments

    Here is the abstract for “The Renaissance of the Pilgrimage” Imagining Venice A pilgrimage to Venice, “La Serenissima,” was obligatory for those making the Grand Tour since the seventeenth century, especially for artists. From Turner to Stieglitz, artists set up their easels or cameras at specific sites in the city to transform these views...

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    Travel As Performed Art

    by  • April 7, 2010 • 0 Comments

    It’s easy to plan a trip by thinking,  “well, students won’t want to spend all two weeks in Venice, so we’d better throw in some side excursions and take them down to Florence to make sure we attract enough to ‘make’ the class.”  And that kind of pragmatic planning can’t be ignored. But I...

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    The Grand Tour

    by  • April 7, 2010 • 0 Comments

    Dru has been telling me that I’ll get a conference paper or two out of the development and execution of what is really a course and trip of my dreams. Okay, I find that “do what you love and work is not work” comes to mind here. So I went to research the possibilities...

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    Eyes of an Artist

    by  • April 4, 2010

    Students will view the city through the eyes of the artists, photographers, writers, musicians, and film makers who have been inspired by Venice for centuries. After discovering these viewpoints during the semester, students will walk in the footsteps of Turner, Sargent, Vivaldi, Ruskin and James to discover Venice as a symbol of their own.

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    Established 4/3/10

    by  • April 3, 2010

    Students will acquire a background knowledge of Venetian history, geography, demography, culture, and politics with special attention to how Venice has operated as a significant symbol — of an untouchable republic, of a militant mercantile nation, of a corrupt political system, of a decadently sexual culture, and of a dying empire — within various...

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