Painter Edvard Munch, who depicts the emptiness of urban living
Poet Charles Baudelaire, who celebrates how crowds impact his imagination
Author Daniel Defoe, who dramatizes the freedom the city offers people who want to change their identities
Author Theodore Dreiser, who views the city as a huge, brutal, industrial machine that systematically grinds up individuals
Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, who believes that the city is like the mind: a receptacle for the past, as well as for hidden lives and passions
These lectures reveal several vital themes that appear in artists' subjective renderings of urban living: orientation (finding our way), the marketplace (exchanging goods and services), anonymity (experiencing solitude or freedom), encounters (fearing or connecting with others), history (maintaining contact with other times), and cultures (entering the cities' ever-changing cultural forms).
Why use art as a guide to city life? According to Professor Weinstein, "Art usually supports what we learn from scientific studies of urban life. Art provides us with something social science cannot: a subjective rendering of city experience that is not quantifiable. Such a depiction includes our fears, desires, and dreams. Art serves as a record for these experiences."
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By Jean Payens on 20-06-15
Not great but not bad either
It actually is a decent course it is just a little bit disjointed and somewhat not parallel with consecutive lessons.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Gail M. Shay on 03-08-17
ok performance but garbled
liked the material but not the performance
would not recommend for the price or content