Culture and Context
It helps readers approach challenging texts by first introducing them to accessible, complementary art forms such as architecture, sculpture, and painting. This enhances understanding of important connections between the various forms of artistic expression of an era.
Volume 1 begins with an examination of the ancient Mediterranean world. It then moves through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and Baroque Eras. Volume 2 covers the Age of Enlightenment, Romanticism and Realism, and concludes with the twentieth century.
Featuring authors ranging from Sappho to Sylvia Plath, Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney, the anthology uses primarily whole texts to create a deeper, more meaningful connection to the material. The book includes biographies of the featured authors, discussion questions for each reading, and suggestions for written assignments.
Culture and Context is designed for interdisciplinary humanities courses. It can also be used in introductory courses on western civilization and survey literature courses.