Modern European History My subject is:_______________________
Romanticism/Realism/Modernism Research Project
LIST OF POSSIBLE SUBJECTS
Romantics: Walter Scott, Mary Shelley
Realists: Gustave Flaubert, Charles Dickens, Clorinda Matto de Turner
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Romantics: Francisco Goya, Caspar David Friederich, J.M.W. Turner, Eugene Delacroix
Realist: Gustave Coubert
Modernists: Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Wassili Kandinsky
ComposersLudwig van Beethoven
Political/ReligiousHouston Stewart Chamberlain
Your assignment is to prepare and present a profile of a 19th century European figure of art, science, or politics. There will be both a presentation and a written essay for this project. To do a good job, you must do more than simply report on artwork, novels, or a scientific experiment. You need to analyze how your subject exemplifies the ideals of the Romantics, the Realists, or the Modernists. You will also need to address the historical influences on their work, and show this influence by discussing the contect of 2-3 representative works.
You will accomplish this by presenting, and writing up:
1) A brief biography of the person you are profiling – where they were from, an overview of their life, and for what kind of works they are most known.
2) A description of at least TWO cultural works (pieces of music, poems, novels, etc.) and an explanation of how they represent the features of Romanticism – you will need to quote directly/play a short extract from whatever works you are profiling to support your analysis of the artist.
3) An analysis of how these works reflect the influence of outside historical influences on the subject of your study. A successful analysis will refer to specific historical events, ideas, or people, and show how they influenced the art.
I AM SCHEDULED TO PRESENT ON ____________ ,
FEBRUARY ______ .
Format of presentation:
You may choose to present in one of the following ways:
In every format—You must cite any sources you use (not including the textbook) at the end of the video, OR, if you are doing an in-class presentation, in the PowerPoint or on the handout that you submit with it.
· Thursday, January 28: Choose Romantic figure
· Friday, January 29 and Tuesday, February 3: Days of research
· Wednesday, February 4: Rough draft (PRINTED for homework grade)
MONDAY, February 9: ESSAY DUE, printed and stapled, at the very beginning of class
· Thursday and Friday, February 5-6
· The order will be chosen by lottery.
The Research Guide
For this project, you need to use at least two secondary sources other than the textbook and handouts, and at least one of your sources must NOT be an encyclopedia of any kind. You will also need to use at least two primary sources. See the Research Guide below for further instructions. You will also need to use (and cite) copyrighted material for finding your primary sources (book excerpts, poems, works of art, music, etc.).
1. Do preliminary research. ABSOLUTELY NO GOOGLE/INTERNET SEARCHING MAY BE CITED in your work. Duiker/Spielvogel should be helpful for background information. Wikipedia is a convenient, if problematic, source for preliminary information.
2. Go to MBA library’s databases. Ms. Klausner has also created a LibGuide, which helps guide you to the most useful resources. You have the ability to access library databases from your home. Other than books, which are still preferred, these are the only acceptable sources from which to get your information.