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Art and Music of 19th and 20th Century Hungary
CEUS-R441/641
Lynn Hooker

This course carries CASE A&H & CASE GCC designations

The 19th and 20th centuries saw the birth of Hungary’s greatest artists and musicians, the development of national institutions in the arts, and recurrent debates over the role of tradition vs. innovation, the use of Hungarian folk elements vs. integration into a European artistic mainstream.  This course surveys the major developments in Hungarian visual art and music from the dual styles of Classicism and Romanticism (history painting, verbunkos style in music; Munkácsy, Feszty, Liszt, Erkel, and others), early twentieth-century modernist trends (folklorism and innovation in painting and in music; the Nagybánya School, The Eight, Bartók, Kodály, etc.), the introduction of socialist realism after WWII (poster art, public sculpture, the mass song, and the “Bartók trial”), important postwar émigré artists (Moholy-Nagy, Vasarely, Ligeti) and artists who remained in Hungary (Kodály, Kurtág, others) and the opening up of the Hungarian artistic world after the end of state socialism in 1990.  Additional questions we will address are the role of representation of rural versus urban Hungary and the place of national and racial minorities in the Hungarian arts.  

Required texts and materials

There is no single textbook for this course.  Readings taken from a variety of sources are on reserve in the Wells (Main) Library and the Fine Arts Library.  Others are being placed on electronic reserve or can be downloaded from JSTOR.

Course requirements

Class participation, including discussion leading   25%

Critique of work of visual or musical art       15%   
An approximately 10-minute presentation of the important features of one work of the student’s choice. with 2-3 page summary and bibliography.

Term paper
Each student will write a thoroughly researched, well-written paper on a topic agreed upon with the instructor for this course.  For undergraduates, the paper should be 8-10 pages long; for graduate students, a minimum of 12 pages long.  These page lengths assume the use of 1”  margins, a standard font such as Times 12 pt, Times New Roman 12 pt, or Courier 11 pt and do not include bibliography or other ancillaries.  To facilitate the research process, you are required to submit a number of short in staged assignments along the way.  More details will be provided about what each of these assignments requires on OnCourse.

Précis of topic and working bibliography   5%
Annotated bibliography   5%
First draft 40%
Presentation      10%