Discovering the Humanities eBook (3e) : 9780133912999

Discovering the Humanities eBook (3e)

Sayre ,H
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For courses in Introduction to the Humanities

See context and make connections across the humanities
Throughout Discovering the Humanities author Henry Sayre employs a storytelling approach that helps students see context and make connections across the humanities. Believing that people learn best by remembering stories rather than memorising facts, Sayre weaves a compelling narrative of multifaceted cultural experiences that will resonate with students — throughout the course and beyond. By showing how cultures influence one another, and how ideas are exchanged and evolve over time, Discovering the Humanities helps students understand the cultural interplay that has shaped human thinking and creativity throughout our history.

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Table of contents
  • 1. The Prehistoric Past and the Earliest Civilizations
  • 2. The Greek World
  • 3. Empire
  • 4. The Flowering of Religion
  • 5. Fiefdom and Monastery, Pilgrimage and Crusade
  • 6. The Gothic and the Rebirth of Naturalism
  • 7. The Renaissance
  • 8. Renaissance and Reformation in the North
  • 9. Encounter and Confrontation
  • 10. The Counter-Reformation and the Baroque
  • 11. Enlightenment and Rococo
  • 12. The Age of Revolution
  • 13. The Working Class and the Bourgeoisie
  • 14. The Modernist World
  • 15. Decades of Change
Features & benefits
Engaging features enable students to explore and understand the humanities
NEW! A Continuing Presence of the Past feature in each chapter helps students to understand how the arts of the past remain relevant today. This engaging feature enables students to connect an artwork from the time period covered in the chapter with a contemporary artwork, supporting the book’s emphasis on continuity and change.

• Highly visual Closer Look features offer in-depths looks at particular works from one of the disciplines of the humanities. In these compelling annotated discussions, the authors take students on a personal tour of the work – with informative captions and labels – that reveals its meaning. Accompanying Something to Think About critical-thinking questions prompt students to make connections and further apply knowledge of the work.

• Full-page Continuity & Change essays at the end of each chapter illustrate the influence of one cultural period upon another and show cultural changes over time. Eye-catching Continuity & Change icons throughout the text enable students to refer to material in other chapters that is relevant to the topic at hand.

• Each chapter includes primary source readings in the form of brief excerpts from important works included within the body of the text. By presenting these excerpts in the context of the greater narrative, author Henry Sayre lets students experience great works of the humanities while staying on task in their reading.

A student-friendly structure and coverage of key works fosters learning
• A clear framework for learning guides students through their exploration of the humanities.
Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter keep students focused on the key points of Discovering the Humanities, as well as the key national course outcomes.
• End-of chapter Thinking Back questions follow up on the learning objectives presented at the top of the chapter, enabling students to review key points and hone their critical-thinking skills.
NEW! This edition has been revised based on user feedback to incorporate more literature. Additions include new coverage of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Alexander Pope, and many modern authors. Other changes per user request include new extended discussions of Hellenic Greece, Mannerism, and Postmodernism.

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