Topic: Sociology of the Arts
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Tarbutton Hall 105
This course considers the arts from a sociological perspective, exploring the influence of social context on aesthetics, art history, artistic careers, and art institutions, such as museums. We will investigate such topics as the cultural division between high art and popular culture, how social factors such as networks, gender, and nationality affect an artist's success, and why some artists become famous, while others drop into obscurity. The course will also explore such topics as cultural capital, critical and popular reception, and globalization of the arts.
Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources
- No required textbooks. Readings will be available electroncially.
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