ICS Calendar Title: Creative Communication: Culture, Art and Politics

ICS Course Code: ICS 130709 W12

Instructor: Allyson Carr (PhD cand.)    Email: allysonc@icscanada.edu

Term and Year: Wednesdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Winter 2011

Last Updated: March 15, 2012

Course Description

             Everyone participates in the arts and culture, but who can say why? This course asks why the arts are important and addresses issues that face contemporary creators and interpreters of culture. Our aim is to develop imaginative, faith-oriented participation in the arts and culture. We will consider such topics as artistic freedom and social responsibility; communication through the arts and culture; the impact of globalization on cultural communities; the ethics of mass entertainment; the aesthetic quality of urban environments; and the role of the arts in worship and interreligious dialogue. In addition to class sessions, students will use database research to enrich presentations and add to class discussions. Students who do not already have access to the University of Toronto library system will need to secure such library privileges for database access.

Course Learning Goals

a.        Critical understanding of the role of the arts and culture in contemporary society

b.        Ability to think creatively and constructively across different fields of arts-related discourse

c.        Knowledge of how to participate imaginatively and faithfully in the arts and culture

Course Requirements

a. Total reading:         1250 pages total, including research for project, of which approximately 40–60 pages per week is required to prepare for class.

b. In-seminar leadership:         2 presentations by each student

c. Description of course project:        research paper, video production, or other media

d. Description and weighting of elements to be evaluated:

          Class participation:         20%

          Seminar presentations:         30%

          Research project:         50%


            Required Readings

Derrida, Jacques. On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness. New York: Routledge, 2001. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: JV6346 .D47 2001]

Hans-Georg Gadamer, “On the Course of Human Spiritual Development” in Literature and Philosophy in Dialogue. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: PT75 .G3 1994]

Kristeva, Julia. 2001. Hannah Arendt: Life is a Narrative. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: JC251 .A74 K743 2001]

Lowry, Lois. 1993. The Giver. New York: Bantom Doubleday Dell. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: PS3562 .O923 G5 2002]

Black, Shameem. Fiction Across Borders: Imagining the Lives of Others in Late Twentieth-Century Novels. Columbia University Press, 2010. [ICS LIbrary Reserve Shelf: PS153 .M56 B62 2010]

Nussbaum, Martha. Love's Knowledge. 1990. New York: Oxford University Press. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BJ46 .N87 1992]

Zuidervaart, Lambert. Art in Public. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: NX720 .Z85 2011]

Weekly Outline

Theme One: Culture and the Arts

Week one orienting issue: The relationship of art and culture

        orienting lecture and introduction to the class 

Week two orienting issue: Entertainment as a cultural good

        Lambert Zuidervaart, Art in Public Chapter 1

        “In Defense of Fantasy” Tehenau, in The People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien p. 18-23  

Week three orienting issue: The arts as sources for cultural and hermeneutical tools

        Lambert Zuidervaart, Art in Public chapter 2

        Martha Nussbaum, “Form and Content, Philosophy and Literature” (parts A-C) from Love's Knowledge pp. 3-29

Week four orienting issue: Artistic freedom, social responsibility and the arts

        Lambert Zuidervaart's Art in Public chapter 3

Theme Two: Culture and Politics

Week five orienting issue: Mutual influence of art and politics: censorship and support

        film: Maya Lin and the Vietnam Memorial

        From Lambert Zuidervaart's Art in Public, chapter 9 

Week six orienting issue: Cultural understandings and political actions

        Derrida, “On Cosmopolitanism” from On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness

Week seven orienting issue: Cultural identity and political thought

        “Preface” from Arendt, The Human Condition [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: HM211 .A7 c.1]

        Chapter 1 from Kristeva, Hannah Arendt: Life is a Narrative

Week eight orienting issue: Narrative and the life of political community

        Chapter 2-3  from Kristeva, Hannah Arendt: Life is a Narrative.

Theme Three: Culture and Community

Week nine orienting issue: Living environments: culture and art shaping communities

        from Lambert Zuidervaart's Art in Public, chapter 8

        music: Sweet Honey in the Rock's “I Remember, I Believe” from album Sacred Ground 

Week ten orienting issue: Global influences on cultural communities

        Lambert Zuidervaart, Art in Public, chapter 6

Week eleven orienting issue: The role of the arts in worship and interreligious dialogue

Before class: watch the movie The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

        “A man and his myths” Lisa Miller and Ben Whitford

        Hans-Georg Gadamer, “On the Course of Human Spiritual Development” in Literature and Philosophy in Dialogue. pp. 31-66.

Week twelve orienting issue: Images, stories and cultural identity

        From Fiction Across Borders: Imagining the Lives of Others in Late Twentieth-Century Novels

        Lois Lowrey, The Giver

Recommended Materials

Anker, Roy, et al. Dancing in the Dark: Youth, Popular Culture and the Electronic Media. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1991. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: HQ799.2 .M35 D36]

Begbie, Jeremy. Beholding the Glory: Incarnation through the Arts. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: NX660 .B44 2000]

Brand, Hilary, and Adrienne Chaplin. Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts. 2d ed. Carlisle, UK: Piquant, 2001. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BR115 .A8 B73]

Cashell, Kieran. Aftershock: The Ethics of Contemporary Transgressive Art. London: I. B. Tauris, 2009. [Robarts Library: N6497 .C39 2009]

Cavarero, Adriana. Relating Narratives: Storytelling and Selfhood. New York: Routledge, 2000. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: PN212 .C3813 2000 ; Robarts Library: PN212 .C3813 2000]

de Gruchy, John W. Christianity, Art and Transformation: Theological Aesthetics in the Struggle for Justice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BR115 .A8 D44 2001]

Hamera, Judith. Dancing Communities: Performance, Difference, and Connection in the Global City. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. [Robarts Library: GV1595 .H32 2007]

Kristeva, Julia. Hannah Arendt: Life is a Narrative. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: JC251 .A74 K75 2001]

Lowry, Lois. The Giver. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1993. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: ON ORDER]

Newton, Adam Zachary. Narrative Ethics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: ON ORDER]

Nussbaum, Martha. “Perception and Revolution: The Princess Casamassima and the Political Imagination.” In Love's Knowledge, 195-219. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BJ46 .N87 1992]

Romanowski, William D. Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2001. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BR526 .R64 2001]

Seerveld, Calvin. Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves: Alternate Steps in Understanding Art. Carlisle, UK: Piquant, 2000. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: N72 .S6 S43 2000]

Seerveld, Calvin. “Cities As a Place for Public Artwork: A Glocal Approach” (forthcoming).

Seerveld, Calvin. “Glocal Culture.” In That the World May Believe: Essays on Mission and Unity in Honour of George Vandervelde, edited by Michael W. Goheen and Margaret O'Gara, 45-66. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2006. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BX9422 .5 .T53 2006]

Seerveld, Calvin. Rainbows for the Fallen World: Aesthetic Life and Artistic Task. Toronto: Tuppence Press, 1980. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BH39 .S432 1980]

Sfar, Joann. The Rabbi’s Cat. New York: Pantheon Books, 2005.

Smith, David, and Barbara Carvill. The Gift of the Stranger: Faith, Hospitality, and Foreign Language Learning. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: P53.76 .S66 2000]

Spackman, Betty. A Profound Weakness: Christians and Kitsch. Carlisle, UK: Piquant, 2005. [Robarts Library: N7831 .S63 2005]

Tehanu (Erica Challis). “In Defense of Fantasy.” In The People’s Guide to J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Erica Challis, 18-23. Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Open Road Pub., 2003. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: PR6039 .O32 L6368 2003]

Wolterstorff, Nicholas. Art in Action: Toward a Christian Aesthetic. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1980. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BR115 .A8 W64]

Zuidervaart, Lambert. “Aesthetics.” Entry for New Dictionary of Theology (Leicester, UK: Inter-Varsity Press, 2010, forthcoming). Revision of an entry first published in 1988.

Zuidervaart, Lambert. Art in Public: Politics, Economics, and a Democratic Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: NX720 .Z85 2011]

Zuidervaart, Lambert. “A Tradition Transfigured: Art and Culture in Reformational Aesthetics.” Faith and Philosophy 21 (July 2004): 381-92. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: PER]

Zuidervaart, Lambert. “Creative Border Crossing in New Public Culture.” In Literature and the Renewal of the Public Sphere, edited by Susan VanZanten Gallagher and Mark D. Walhout, 206-224. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: PN98 .S6 L585 2000]

Zuidervaart, Lambert. “Postmodern Arts and the Birth of a Democratic Culture.” In The Arts, Community and Cultural Democracy, edited by Lambert Zuidervaart and Henry Luttikhuizen, 15-39. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: NX180 .S6 A773 1999]

Zuidervaart, Lambert, and Henry Luttikhuizen, eds. Pledges of Jubilee: Essays on the Arts and Culture. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1995. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BR115 .A8 P54]


           Other Resources

Adamson, Andrew, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton, Donald M. McAlpine, Harry Gregson-Williams, C. S. Lewis, and Walt Disney Home Entertainment (Firm). The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Burbank, CA: Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 2006. Videorecording.

Lin, Maya Ying. and Freida Lee Mock. Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision. Santa Monica, CA: American Film Foundation, 1994, 2003. Videorecording.

Sweet Honey in the Rock. “I Remember, I Believe.” Track 1 on Sacred Ground. Earthbeat! Records, originally released 1995.