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Reality Through the Arts, 8th Edition

By Dennis J. Sporre

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Mar 15, 2012


Thematic and Chronological Approach to the Humanities


Reality Through the Arts is a popular choice for professors because it provides both a topical and chronological approach to the humanities. Part I, “The Media of the Arts,” offers independent chapters on two dimensional art (drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography), sculpture, architecture, music, literature, theatre, cinema, and dance.  Part II, “The Styles of the Arts,” is a chronological history of the arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, organized by artistic discipline and focusing on styles rather than encyclopedic detail. 


This edition continues its uniquely flexible organization, allowing readers to cover individual art forms and historical context. In addition, the eighth edition is now available with MySearchLab, an online program that includes an interactive etext, assessment, and help with research and writing.


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Table of Contents





Part I The Media Of The Arts


Chapter 1 Two-Dimensional Art

Chapter 2 Sculpture  

Chapter 3 Architecture

Chapter 4 Music and Opera

Chapter 5 Literature

Chapter 6 Theatre

Chapter 7 Cinema

Chapter 8 Dance


Part II The Styles Of The Arts 


Chapter 9   Ancient Approaches

Chapter 10 Artistic Reflections in the Pre-Modern World

Chapter 11 Artistic Styles in the Emerging Modern World

Chapter 12 Artistry in an Age of Industry

Chapter 13 The Arts In A Modern, Postmodern, And Pluralistic World


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