“sketches of central asia” readings and “turkestan cycle” paintings | Topics in World Cultures | University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

 

  • Comparative Analysis and Group Discussion Prompt: Analyze the values and world views concerning the Eurasian frontier represented in Vambery, Sketches of Central Asia and Vereshchagin, “Turkestan Cycle” Paintings.
    • Compare and contrast the written and visual texts’ depictions of rural and city life on the Central Asian frontier, analyzing both the similarities and differences (with specific examples). 
      • Explain the types of information found in both the visual and verbal sources. Reference at least four (4) of Vereshchagin’s paintings.
      • Explain the types of information found in only the visual sources (NOT the verbal source.) Reference at least six (6) visual images
    • Explain your overall impression of either rural or urban (or both) life in Central Asia based on the combination of the verbal and visual texts.  Reference at least four (4) of Vereshchagin’s paintings.

This assignment requires students to:

  1. Respond to all parts of the assigned “Analysis and Group Discussions Prompts (questions)” (The prompts/questions may be found below, in the Course Schedule, Content area and Discussion area.
  2. Answer every part of the prompt(s)/question(s) with a complete paragraph. Complete paragraphs should include a topic sentence at least four supporting sentences.
  3. Write in complete, grammatically correct paragraphs and sentences.
    • DO NOT post simple lists or bullet points.
  4. Support your ideas with direct references to the text analyzed using parenthetical notation. For example“Vereschagin’s painting “Dervishes in Holiday Costume” makes it possible to clearly visualize the description religious pilgrims in Vambrey’s work (Vambrey,122) Every response paragraph should include at least two (2) direct references to the text.
    • I urge you to include multiple references in a single sentence when applicable. For example – “Vambrey repeatedly presented life in rural areas as superior to urban life (Vambrey, 24, 29, 156, 173, and 241).”
  5. Include multiple direct references to the visuals images.
  6. ********Make your initial posting at least 48 hours before the  discussion is locked.  In other works initial posts are due on Saturday night at 11:59.*****

Link to the Turkestan Cycle paintings:

 https://www.tretyakovgallery.ru/en/collection/?category=all&period=all&author=vereshchagin&page=1&place=all