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This was a wonderful class that comprised History, Art & Literature of France. Sandra's knowledge and interest in these subjects was expansive and interesting. I learned so much more about the French then in just an art history class.
This course provided a great overview! Each period was introduced with historical/political background info so you could understand what the artists/writers were influenced by or what they were reacting against. The speaker struck a good balance in distilling the very dense information of these periods into a well-organized time line, highlighted major works and provided food for thought if you wanted to pursue something more deeply. Ms. Laville was very enthusiastic and well-versed in the subject.
Ms. Laville is an outstanding lecturer. I have taken several courses of hers and have enjoyed them immensely and learned a lot. She shows how the culture and politics of the times affected the literature and art, and how the reference to those times provides a better understanding of both the writings and the art of the period. I recommend taking any course she offers.
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Ms. Laville does an outstanding job of integrating the historical events of the 19th century in France with the literature and art of the period. The examination of the three topics together makes all of three more understandable and provides for greater appreciation.