Institutions of Culture

History 103U.002

Spring 2015
Section: 
002
Instructor: 
Location: 
47 EVANS
Day & Time: 
Tu 4-6P
CCN: 
39474
Units: 
4

Many of the cultural institutions that we take for granted existed either not at all or in only a few special cases two centuries ago: museums, concert hall, public libraries and opera houses for example and, much more obviously, railway and airport bookshops, rock concert venues, and movie houses.  The sociology of various art forms has changed as well: all sorts of people used to go to the opera and to attend Shakespeare plays in the nineteenth century who would not be there today. We now listen to classical music in silence as if it were a religious act; in 1800 people would be speaking on their cell phones if they had them.  This course will explore the history of these institutions and of how people used them. Examples will be drawn mostly from European and US sources, but possibly other as well. There will be field trips. Short reports and one final paper required.