death by paper cut

{January 5, 2007}   readings

Finally we came to Mr Gatsby’s own apartment, a bedroom and a bath, and an Adam’s study, where we sat down and drank a glass of some Chartreuse he took from a cupboard in the wall. He hadn’t once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes. Sometimes, too, he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way, as though in her actual and astonishing presence none of it was any longer real.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald

with the new semester looming ahead in the next 2 months, i’m getting ahead start by devouring some of the essential novels required for my english literary studies modules. before concluding that i’m a market-spoiler, know that literature students are required to read a new novel for each tutorial plus accompanying articles about those novels. considering that i have 2 english literary studies models for each of the coming 2 (and final) semesters, that’s a lot of reading.

since i’m rambling about coming modules, there are 2 in particular that i want to highlight with exceptional interest;

Early Christian and Byzantine Art

This subject deals with the formative stages of the art of Christian Europe from the catacomb paintings of the second and third centuries to the development of monumental Church architecture, and mosaic and fresco decoration under papal and imperial patronage in Rome, Ravenna and Constantinople in the fifth and sixth centuries. It also addresses the distinctive character of Byzantine art and its continuing influence on the west. Topics include: the influence of classical culture on the new art; the rise of the icon and conventions for depicting Christ, Mary and the saints; the development of narrative in manuscript illumination and monumental programmes; and the significance of pilgrimage and the cult of relics for Christian art. Students should acquire a sound knowledge of Early Christian and Byzantine art, and of the ways in which Christian iconography relates to Christian beliefs and ritual, as well as reflecting changing social structures and patronal interests.


Art, Ideology and Doctrine, 400-1000

The subject will examine artistic developments in the context of a Christian intellectual, philosophical and theological framework, while at the same time focussing on the implementation and adaptation of late Classical and native European stylistic traditions to emergent Christian art. Each week the lecture will focus on an ideological or doctrinal issue, or on an interpretative strategy, and the related tutorial will examine how these work themselves out in the artistic tradition. The issues focussed on will include: the fourfold system of interpretation; Typology; Creation; Angelology; the Incarnation; the Virgin Birth; Redemption; the Harrowing of Hell; Primogeniture; Paradise; the Resurrection; Time and Eternity; the Trinity; the Exodus; the Flood; and the Fall and Atonement; Sin and Evil, other similar related issues will also be considered.

these modules are not about church history per say, but they will inadvertently stem from it. i’ve always been interested in church history and now i have a good opportunity to delve deeper into it.


Thaiiy says:

The Great Gatsby. Brings back old memories. I wrote on it for my VCE English exam.

Church History and Art. Sounds interesting. I’ll be seeing some of that art in real life during my travels next year 😛

steelwool says:

*envious!* =)
take many photos and blog even more yeh?

Thaiiy says:

Photos, Yes

Blog, don’t know if I’ll have time when I’m having so much fun 😛

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