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WGU-IWC1-Part 1

Literature, Art, and Humanities Fundamentals

TermDefinition
Synthesis The combination of thesis and antithesis which produces a new and higher level of truth.
Aesthetics A conception of what is artistically valid or beautiful in art, culture, or nature; the Branch of philosophy that deals with the nature and expression of beauty
Figurative explanation A colorful, image-filled, metaphor-rich use of language to describe art or life
Dionysian response A spontaneous, unstructured, creative, passionate reaction
Apollonian response An analytical, rational, objective reaction
Empirical study A study derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
Inductive reasoning Reasoning that proceeds from particular facts to a general conclusion (or from effect to cause)
Deductive reasoning Reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)
Pragmatic reasoning Reasoning that assumes the truth of an idea can be validated by its practical outcome.
Symbolism The use of a symbol, object, or image to represent something else (that is, a concept or idea).
Eros Erotic love or lust
Agape platonic love
Imagery Gives the reader mental pictures of art.
Tone basic element of music used to construct a melody (note)
Symbolism use of a symbol, object, or image to represent something else (that is, a concept or idea)
Monomyth The heroes journey archetypes that appears in all cultures
Context Set of facts or circumstances that surround a work of art and help us determine and clarify its meaning
Setting The environment and context in which a creative work is set or takes place
The heroes journey The mythic quest in pursuit of some destination or goal whose attainment will lend greater meaning to life
Figurative explination A colorful, image filled, metaphor-rich use of language to describe art of life
Point of View The position of perspective from which something is viewed or related
Harmony congruity or compatibility of parts with one another and with the whole; the state of all elements being in perfect balance
Imagery Employment of evocative images in works of art, especially poetry and literature, where words can summon up "mental pictures" for readers
Logic Thinking in a linear, step-by-step manner about ideas and problems
Style Characteristics of a work of art that identify it with a particular artist, region, artistic movement, or historic period.
Aesthetic Experience An experience of beauty that inspires a feeling of pleasure which is its own justification
Classical humanism The cultural movement of the Renaissance based on Greek and Roman classic literature, that emphasized the dignity, worth, and rationality of humankind.
Humanism the study of the creative and intellectual contributions of human cultures
Humanities The study of the creative and intellectual contributions of human cultures
Myths Traditional stories of people or culture that serve to explain some natural phenomenon, the origin of humanity, or customs of religious rites
Archetypes The emblematic mythic characters, images, plot patterns, symbols, and buried assumptions shared across cultures.
Philosophy The systematic investigation of fundamental questions concerning such matters as existence, reality, consciousness, knowledge, truth, and justice
Metaphor A figure of speech in which something is explained in terms of something else
Epistemology The branch of formal philosophy concerned with the nature and limits of human knowledge
Trompe l'oeil a style of painting that creates the optical illusion of three dimensionality
Synthesis The combination of thesis and antithesis which produces a new and higher level of truthq
Ethics The study of moral value in an individual, group, or culture
Movement A change of position, location, or timeframe; sense of motion, action, or time created in a work of art; distinct compositional units of a symphony; broad thematic social and artistic concerns of a given time period as expressed in its work of art
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