The Humanities, Volume II 7th Edition
Mary Ann Frese Witt | Charlotte Vestal Brown | Roberta Ann Dunbar | Frank Tirro | Ronald G. Witt
ISBN-13: 9780618417773 | ISBN-10: 061841777X
© 2005 | Published |  544  Pages
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This introductory text presents an overview of the liberal arts--literature, art, music, philosophy, and history--with a particular emphasis on literature. The unique selection of works from each culture provides students with a global understanding of the humanities. Several pedagogical features of the Seventh Edition, such as chapter objectives, key terms, art images, and summary questions, help students understand the major concepts of the text. Each volume begins with a "Chronicle of Events" that provides a timetable of key events in world history. "Continuities" sections focus on the lasting contributions of each society.



  • Defining the Humanities and Cultural Roots for the Twenty-First Century
    VI. Renaissance and Reformation: Fusion of the Roots
    16. Humanism and the Early Italian Renaissance
    Beginnings of the Modern World
    Daily Lives: Marriage in Renaissance Florence
    Reading Selections: Francesco Petrarch, from the Rime Sparse (Scattered Rhymes); from Letters on Familiar Matters. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, from the Oration on the Dignity of Man. Laura Cereta, Letter to Bibulus Sempronius: Defense of the Liberal Instruction of Women.
    17. Art and Architecture in Florence
    The City of Florence
    Florentine Architecture
    Sculpture in Florence in the Fifteenth Century
    New Developments in Painting
    18. The End of the Florentine Renaissance: Machiavelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael
    Niccoló Machiavelli (1469-1527)
    The Renaissance Artist
    Daily Lives: A Renaissance Banquet
    Reading Selections: Niccoló Machiaveli, from The Prince.
    19. The Northern Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation
    Erasmus (1463-1536)
    The Protestant Reformation
    Reform and Counter-Reform
    Economic Expansion
    Cultural Relativism
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) and the Late Renaissance
    Daily Lives: Theatergoing in Shakespeare's Time
    Reading Selections: Desiderius Erasmus, from The Praise of Folly. Michel de Montaigne, from the Essays. William Shakespeare, from the Sonnets; The Tempest.
    VII. Science and Splendor: The Seventeenth Century
    20. The Consolidation of Modernity
    Daily Lives: The Suffering of Ordinary People in the Thirty Years' War
    The Thirty Years' War and Its Aftermath
    The Scientific Revolution
    Economic Life
    The Age of Absolutism
    Reading Selections: René Descartes, from the Discourse on Method. Thomas Hobbes, from Leviathan. John Locke, from the Second Treatise of Civil Government.
    21. The Baroque Style in Art and Literature
    Baroque in the Visual Arts
    Baroque Painting
    Baroque Architecture and Sculpture in Rome: Gian Lorenzo Bernini
    Literary Baroque
    Reading Selections: Saint Teresa of Ávila, from The Book of Her Life. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, A Philosophical Satire; Sonnet on a Portrait of Herself. Richard Crashaw, from The Flaming Heart. John Donne, from Holy Sonnets; from Elegies.
    22. Two Masters of Baroque Music: Handel and Bach
    George Frederick Handel (1685-1759): Messiah
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Christmas Oratorio and Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
    23. The Arts at the Court of Louis XIV
    Louis XIV (1638-1715) and Absolutism
    Versailles
    Daily Lives: Rituals at Versailles
    French Court Ballet and the Origins of Modern Theatrical Dancing
    French Neoclassical Drama
    Marie de la Vergne de La Fayette (1634-1693) and the Origins of the Modern Novel
    Reading Selections: Molière, Tartuffe. Marie de la Vergne de La Fayette, from The Princess of Clèves.
    VIII. Reason, Revolution, Romanticism: The Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries
    24. The European Enlightenment
    A Prerevolutionary Movement
    Aspects of Painting in the Enlightenment
    Reading Selections: Voltaire, Micromegas; from the Philosophical Dictionary. Montesquieu, from The Persian Letters. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, from The Social Contract. Mary Wollstonecraft, from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
    25. The Enlightenment in the United States
    American Religion
    The American Revolution
    European Influences
    American Federalism
    Daily Lives: Education in a Moravian School for Girls
    From European Classicism to an "American Style"
    African American Voices in the Enlightenment
    Reading Selections: Jonathan Edwards, from A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God. Thomas Jefferson, The Virginia Statute of Religious Liberty. Phillis Wheatley, from Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral; Letters to Samson Occom. David Walker, from David Walker's Appeal in Four Articles; Together with a Preamble, to the Coloured Citizens of the World.
    26. The Classical Style in Music, the Development of Opera, and Mozart's Don Giovanni
    Opera
    The Don Juan Theme
    Don Giovanni: The Rake Punished
    27. From Revolution to Romanticism
    The French Revolution
    The Art of the French Revolution: Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
    Romanticism: A Revolutionary Movement
    Enlightened Ideas, Romantic Style
    Friedrich Schiller, Hymn to Joy
    Individualism and the Romantic Hero
    Nature and "Natural People"
    Influence of Rousseau
    Daily Lives: Lord Byron
    Nature in Poetry, Music, and Art
    Art: Revolution, Individualism, and Nature
    The Romantic Woman and Romantic Love
    Reading Selections: William Wordsworth, from The Prelude; The Solitary Reaper; Lines. Lord Byron, Prometheus; On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year. John Keats, Ode to a Grecian Urn. Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind; Ozymandias. Emily Dickinson, Selected Poems.
    IX. Industrialism and the Humanities: The Middle and Late Nineteenth Century
    28. The Industrial Revolution and New Social Thought
    Britain in the Lead
    Karl Marx (1818-1883)
    Material Progress
    Daily Lives: The Lives of the Urban Poor Under the Industrial Revolution
    Liberalism
    Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement
    Women's Rights Movements
    Reading Selections: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, from The Communist Manifesto. The "Declaration of Sentiments" of the Seneca Falls Convention. John Stuart Mill, from The Subjection of Women. Frederick Douglass, from "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?": An Address Delivered in Rochester, New York, on 5 July 1852.
    29. Art and Literature in the Industrial World: Realism and Beyond
    Architecture
    Painting: Realism
    Photography
    Realism in Literature
    The Poet and the City: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)
    Late-Nineteenth-Century Thinkers and Writers
    The New Painting
    Postimpressionism and Symbolism
    Reading Selections: Guy de Maupassant, A Fishing Excursion. Charles Baudelaire, from Les Fleurs du Mal/The Flowers of Evil; The Swan; from Poems in Prose (The Spleen of Paris). Friedrich Nietzsche, Zarathustra's Prologue. Fyodor Dostoevsky, from Notes from Underground.
    X. Discontinuities: The Early Twentieth Century
    30. Colonialism, the Great War, and Cultural Change
    Colonialism
    The Great War (World War I) and Its Aftermath
    Daily Lives: Life in the Trenches
    Scientific Developments
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
    The Postwar Decades
    Reading Selections: Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est; Strange Meeting. Ezra Pound, from Hugh Selwyn Mauberly. Rudyard Kipling, Recessional. Mohandas ("Mahatma") Gandhi, from Letter to Lord Irwin; from A Conversation with Tobias and Mays. Sigmund Freud, from Civilization and Its Discontents.
    31. Modernism: Visual Arts, Music, and Dance
    Modernist Painting, 1900-1930
    Nonobjective and Expressionist Painting
    Dada and Surrealism
    Modernist Sculpture, 1900-1930
    Modernist Painting in America
    Modernist Architecture, 1900-1930
    Two New Art Forms: Photography and Film
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), the Russian Ballet, and The Rite of Spring
    Modern Dance
    Jazz
    Daily Lives: Harlem Nightlife in the Twenties
    Modernism and Indigenous Cultures in Latin America
    32. Modernism: Theater and Literature
    Influences of Asia on Modern European Theater
    Modernist Movements in Fiction and Poetry
    Surrealism
    Négritude
    The Harlem Renaissance
    Developments in Latin American Literature
    Reading Selections: Antonin Artaud, from The Theater and Its Double. Franz Kafka, A Country Doctor. T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Ezra Pound, The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter; In a Station of the Metro. Virginia Woolf, from A Room of One's Own. Léopold Sédar Senghor, Prayer to Masks. Léon Gontran Damas, They came that night. Claude McKay, If We Must Die. Langston Hughes, The Negro Speaks of Rivers; Danse Africaine. Marita Bonner, On Being Young--a Woman--and Colored. Jorge Luis Borges, Death and the Compass. Miguel Angel Asturias, Tatuana's Tale. Pablo Neruda, Ode to Broken Things. Octavio Paz, Madrugada al raso/Daybreak; Escritura/Writing; La exclamación/Exclamation; Prójimo lejano/Distant Neighbor.
    XI. Cultural Plurality: From the Middle Twentieth Century On
    33. Absurdity and Alienation: World War II and the Postwar Period
    World War II
    The Postwar Period
    European Literature
    Daily Lives: The Existentialists' Life in Paris Under the German Occupation
    Postwar American Literature
    Postwar Music: Charlie Parker (1920-1955)
    Painting After World War II
    Sculpture After World War II
    Reading Selections: Primo Levi, from If This Is a Man. Jean-Paul Sartre, The Republic of Silence. Simone de Beauvoir, from The Second Sex. Albert Camus, from The Myth of Sisyphus. Eugène Ionesco, The Leader. Ralph Ellison, Prologue to Invisible Man. Allen Ginsberg, Sunflower Sutra. Frantz Fanon, from The Wretched of the Earth.
    34. Postcolonialism, Postmodernism, and Beyond
    The United States from the 1960s into the Twenty-First Century
    The World After the Cold War
    The Arts in the Contemporary World
    Postmodernism, Culture, and the Arts
    Architecture from the International Style to Postmodernism
    Postmodern Visual Art: Polemics or Platitudes?
    The Ascendancy of Craft: The Expansion of the Tradition
    Postmodern Music and Dance
    Mass Culture and Popular Music
    Postmodern Literature and Theory
    Reading Selections: Modern African Poems: Chinua Achebe, Generation Gap; Wole Soyinka, Death in the Dawn and I Think It Rains. From the Caribbean: Derek Walcott, White Magic and For Pablo Neruda. From the United States: Sonia Sanchez, present; Ishmael Reed, beware: do not read this poem; Rita Dove, Persephone Abducted and Demeter Mourning; John Barth, Autobiography: A Self-Recorded Fiction. From Latin America: Ernesto Cardenal, Prayer for Marilyn Monroe; Clarice Lispector, He Soaked Me Up. From Israel/Palestine: Yehuda Amichai, Jerusalem; 18; 42; Mahmoud Darwish, Identity Card.

    • Non-Western coverage includes a section on Japan in Volume I; Western material has been scaled back to provide balanced coverage.
    • A special introduction to River-Valley Civilizations helps students see the connections between global societies.
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