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Culture and Values, Volume II (7TH 10 - Old Edition)


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CULTURE AND VALUES: A SURVEY OF THE HUMANITIES gives readers a solid introduction to art, music, philosophy and literature. Cunningham and Reich cover both Western cultures and non-Western traditions in the humanities, including ancient India and China, contemporary India, China, Japan, Africa, and Latin America, as well as an entire chapter on Islamic art.


Large course taught nationwide, but especially large in Florida, Texas, and California. Usually a popular elective but required of all incoming students at some schools. Annual enrollments in the course and current TL market share.

About the Author

Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, is an award-winning teacher at Notre Dame. He was awarded the Fenlon Award from Sorin College (1989) and a Kaneb award in 1999. His interests are in the area of systematic theology and culture, Christian spirituality, and the history of Christian spirituality. His most recent book is "Thomas Merton and the Monastic Vision" (1999). He has edited or written 16 other books. He is also co-editor of the academic monograph series "Studies in Theology and Spirituality" and serves as an associate editor for a number of scholarly journals. The author of over 50 articles in peer reviewed or solicited journals and books, he has also written over two hundred articles for pastoral and popular outlets. He has won three Catholic Press Association awards for religious writing (1987, 1999, and 2000). He has also served as columnist for "Commonwealth" for over ten years. A frequent visiting professor both here and abroad, Cunningham is currently at work on a new book on the theological meaning of saints. He is also finishing a study of Saint Francis of Assisi and is compiling an anthology of Cardinal Newman's spiritual writings.A native of England, John J. Reich was trained as a classical archaeologist and did both his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Manchester. He is an authority on Minoan civilization, pre-Roman Italy, and music. Professor Reich is associated with the Syracuse University study program in Florence, Italy. Reich lectures frequently in Europe and the United States on history, art, and the humanities and is the author of many scholarly articles and several books, including ITALY BEFORE ROME (1979).

Table of Contents

12. The Early Renaissance. 13. The High Renaissance in Italy. 14. The Renaissance in the North. 15. The Baroque World. 16. The Eighteenth Century: From Rococo to Revolution. 17. The Romantic Era. 18. Toward the Modern Era: 1870 AND 1914. 19. India, China, and Japan: From the Medieval to the Modern World.. 20. The Peoples and Cultures of Africa. 21. Between the World Wars. 22. The Contemporary Contour. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.

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TL Walker, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by TL Walker)
Critical Inquiry: Several Circles, by Wassily Kandinsky

1. The composition that caught my eye and more accurately, my soul, was on page XXX in the Culture and Values text, titled: Several Circles. This is oil on canvas (1926) painting, by Wassily Kandinsky. Against a varied hue, predominantly dark gray background, the artist has represented various sizes and shapes of circles. These circles, mostly medium to small, are dominated by a deep blue (with a pure black nucleus) circle as the piece’s focal point. The main interaction between these orb-like shapes is centered on this largest shape and all motion in the work is either propelled and/or repelled from it.

2. The circular shapes in and of themselves freely conduct a feeling of life forms and their natural attractions and deference’s. Nearly the entire mass of the painting is “populated” by a multitude of “beings”, which are outwardly similar, yet inwardly all unique in colour, texture and varying degrees of opaqueness, or transparency. The motion centered on the dominant rich blue and black “parental” spheres is largely synchronous and rhythmic, suggesting a flow, or agreement in energies. Considering the very unsettled and unsure state of the World, especially Europe at the time, I believe that this painting bespeaks a growing polarization in nationalistic proportion. There is a grand variety in both colour and placement of the circles to suggest the diversity of the individual as well as the political affiliation. The focal point is stern in colour as if to say that the standard is quite rigid and non-compromising. While the emphasis is placed on the “superior” and the lesser, once again the soul is captured by the focal point’s power to create the individual and unity of separates. In feeling the directional forces at work here, I see two at work against each other. Or rather, the one large and well-trodden force is repellant of several contradictory, opposing, and dissident beliefs or forces. These oppositional phases, while individuals in the truest sense, are melded in a loose confederacy that reminds one of dastardly and ill-kept alliances so common in the between World War European political state. This I believe can be seen in abundance in any age, where few are hardy enough to do their own thing and oppose the well-traveled routes.

3. The more I study this work; I am more deeply drawn into its heady composition and up thrust of worldly commentary that has the power to shape my views of life in opposition and acceptance. This diametrically opposed dynamic can be felt (by me, at least) from the micro (atomic) to the macro (multiversal) and is clearly explicative of the human condition. I believe this painting works just fine if there is relevance in the least to my interpretation. Thanks for reading.

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Cunningham, Lawrence S.
Wadsworth Publishing Company
Reich, John J.
Cunningham, Lawrence S.
Cunningham, Lawrence S.(Lawrence S. Cunningham)
Earth Sciences - Geology
General Art
Criticism -- Theory.
Art-Theory and Criticism
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A Survey of the Huma
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