MUSEUMS 498 - Special Topics in Museum Studies
Section: 001 Museums and Literature
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Museums (MUSEUMS)
Department: LSA History of Art
Advisory Prerequisites:
MUSEUMS 301 or MSP 601.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

This course develops historical and theoretical perspectives for understanding the intersections of post-Enlightenment European literature and museum culture. By probing the specific ways literary texts and exhibitions organize and arrange objects to tell a culture’s stories, the course works to understand what museums and literature also have in common and how modern literature (novels and poems) and public museums are driven by similar cultural forces. Authors include: JW Goethe, Gustav Flaubert, William Carlos Williams, Rainer Maria Rilke, Peter Weiss, Dubravka Ugresic, WG Sebald. Close study of Schinkel’s Altes Museum, Klenze’s Alte Pinakothek, Berlin’s Pergamon Museum, the Louvre; history museums in Paris, Caen, Rouen; contemporary museum installation, architecture and digital technology.

Intended Audience:

This course can be taken for graduate credit. Graduate students will be expected to contribute a short report in class on a topic of their choosing as well as write a longer research paper.

MUSEUMS 498 - Special Topics in Museum Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

one more book is likely to come, assigned late in term
ISBN: 0812982614
Austerlitz, Author: W.G. Sebald ; translated by Anthea Bell ; introduction by James Wood., Publisher: Modern Library 2011 Moder 2011
ISBN: 1564783936
Bouvard and Pecuchet : the last novel of Gustave Flaubert, Author: in a new translation from the French & with an introduction by Mark Polizzotti ; and featuring a preface by Raymond Queneau., Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press 1st Dalkey 2005
ISBN: 0192837761
Elective affinities : a novel, Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ; translated with an introduction and notes by David Constantine., Publisher: Oxford University Press Reissue. 1999
ISBN: 0822335468
The aesthetics of resistance., Author: Peter Weiss ; translated by Joachim Neugroschel ; with a foreword by Fredric Jameson & a glossary by Robert Cohen., Publisher: Duke University Press 2005
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