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Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities, Volume I 9th Edition

Lawrence S. Cunningham, John J. Reich, Lois Fichner-Rathus

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2015
  • 544 Pages
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The ninth edition of CULTURE AND VALUES: A SURVEY OF THE HUMANITIES introduces students to the history of humankind through the lens of the humanities -- language and literature, art and architecture, music, philosophy, and religion -- from the dawn of civilization to the contemporary world. CULTURE AND VALUES encourages students to place their own backgrounds and beliefs in context and consider how understanding both their own and other heritages contributes to becoming a citizen of the world in the 21st century. Coauthor Lois Fichner-Rathus continues to bring her pedagogical expertise, clear conversational style, and love of teaching to this beautifully written and illustrated book. New and revised features encourage students to draw comparisons and connections as well as engage their critical thinking skills. Chapter previews, timelines, glossaries, and “Big Picture” reviews provide consistent pedagogical support throughout the text to help students master the material.

Lawrence S. Cunningham, University of Notre Dame

Lawrence S. Cunningham is John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology (Emeritus) at the University of Notre Dame. The author or editor of over 25 books and hundreds of essays and reviews, his books reflect his interest in the history of Christian spirituality, hagiography, the intersection of theology and culture, as well as the relationship of contemplation and action. Professor Cunningham is the recipient of three honorary doctorates and the winner of Notre Dame's Presidential Award for service to academy and church (2002) and the Christus Magister award from the University of Portland in 2011 for distinguished scholarship and teaching. He has served as a visiting lecturer in this country and in Europe, Asia, and South Africa.

John J. Reich, Visiting Professor, Syracuse University in Florence, Italy

A native of England, John J. Reich was trained as a classical archaeologist and did both his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Manchester. He is an authority on Minoan civilization, pre-Roman Italy, and music. Professor Reich is associated with the Syracuse University study program in Florence, Italy. He lectures frequently in Europe and the United States on history, art, and the humanities and is the author of many scholarly articles and several books, including ITALY BEFORE ROME (1979).

Lois Fichner-Rathus, College of New Jersey

Lois Fichner-Rathus is professor of art in the Department of Art and Art History of The College of New Jersey. She holds a combined undergraduate degree in fine arts and art history, an M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, and a Ph.D. in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her areas of specialization include contemporary art, feminist art history and criticism, and modern art and architecture, as well as the theory and foundations of art and design. Dr. Fichner-Rathus is also the author of the Cengage Learning textbooks UNDERSTANDING ART and FOUNDATIONS OF ART AND DESIGN. She teaches study-abroad programs in Paris, Rome, Spain, and Cuba and resides in New York.
  • NEW Available in MindTap, the online version of the text contains links via Questia to the full versions of the majority of literary excerpts discussed in the text.
  • NEW Culture & Society features highlight relationships between cultural and social developments, both ancient and modern. An example featured topic is the “Theater of War” project in which contemporary screen and stage actors participate in readings of ancient Greek tragedies to heighten awareness of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • NEW Connections features draw parallels between works of art and literature, relay contemporary responses to ancient events, and offer engaging new perspectives on cultural figures and monuments. An example featured discussion centers on the use of computerized tomography (CT scanning) by Italian archaeologists excavating Pompeii to better understand the daily lives and habits of Pompeiian citizens prior to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE.
  • NEW Religion features present essential aspects and tenets of belief systems past and present in clear and easy-to-locate places throughout the text.
  • NEW Spotify playlists provide access to the music selections discussed by the authors. GO LISTEN icons in the text point students to all music selections.
  • NEW Numerous new artworks and illustrations throughout enliven the text and engage students.
  • NEW Introductions -- both to the text itself and to the Voices feature -- are available in the MindTap version of the book.
  • The timeline at the beginning of each chapter includes a listing of key events, providing students with historical context for the culture and values that developed and emerged during the period and location covered in the chapter.
  • Compare + Contrast features, along with the new Culture & Society and Connections features, promote students’ critical thinking skills and encourage them to consider the larger context in which works were created.
  • End of chapter glossaries help students master the material by providing an easy way to access and review key terms and their meanings.
  • A comprehensive set of digital resources, available via MindTap and compatible with most LMS platforms, includes a host of resources and tools for both your course and your students. MindTap resources include an interactive e-book with zoomable images; links to related videos and Google Map locations; links to full versions of the literary works excerpted in the text; flashcards; quizzes; resources for research and writing; a downloadable note-taking guide with all chapter images for each chapter; streaming music; and more.
  • Resources for instructors include chapter PowerPoint presentations; a comprehensive Testbank; an Instructor’s Manual with discussion prompts and activity ideas; and a flash drive containing high-resolution image files of all images in the text.
  • CULTURE AND VALUES is available as a bundled package containing Volumes I and II or as two volumes split at the Renaissance. Volume I includes Chapters 1-13 (up to and including the High Renaissance); Volume II includes Chapters 13-23 (the High Renaissance to the 21st Century).
  • CULTURE AND VALUES features provide a well-balanced blend of art, literature, philosophy, and music for every major culture and historical period -- all presented in a clear, conversational style.
  • Coverage includes non-Western traditions in the humanities, including ancient South Asia, China, Japan, and Latin America, as well as an entire chapter on Islamic art.
1. Beginnings.
2. The Rise of Greece.
3. Classical Greece and the Hellenistic Period.
4. Rome.
5. Early Civilizations of South Asia, China, and Japan
6. The Rise of the Biblical Tradition.
7. Early Christianity: Ravenna and Byzantium.
8. The Islamic World.
9. The Rise of Medieval Culture.
10. The High Middle Ages.
11. The Fourteenth Century: A Time of Transition.
12. The Fifteenth Century.
13. The High Renaissance and Mannerism in Italy.
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