The Back of the Book: Why are some individuals famous? What is it about Cezanne’s paintings or Cleopatra’s life that makes them so well known? This book takes you from the distant past to the current world to consider these questions n the light of the famous, the infamous and the unjustly neglected. Case studies of significant figures (Cleopatra, Josef Stalin, Michael Faraday and the Dalai Lama) introduce subject-specific skills such as differentiating between primary and secondary sources, and understanding and interpreting varied points of view. This will enable you to develop an understanding of how we construct ideas of the past. Chapters on Christopher Marlowe and Paul Cezanne consider artistic reputation through the works that made them famouse: Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, the absorbing, tragic story of the man who sells his soul to the devil; and Cezanne’s mysterious, beguiling paintings of bathers and the Mont Sainte-Victoire. You’ll acquire competencies in visual analysis and the critical reading of literary texts. A chapter on the musical diva explores artistic reputation from a different perspective and investigates why some performers become famous. The same chapter also introduces varied musical repertoires and develops your close listening skills.
Elaine Moohan ed – Reputations – 2010/TBR