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ARTH-520 Seminar in Art History Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course

Seminar in Art History (3) Topics vary by section. Rotating topics in art historical fields include medieval art, Renaissance/Baroque art, Nineteenth to Twentieth Century European art, American contemporary art, and Asian art. Critical discussion of readings followed by reports and research papers. Usually Offered: spring. Repeatable for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: five art history courses.

Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Representing the East
Representing the East: Orientalism and the Politics of Representation (3) This seminar explores the intersections of culture, race, gender, imperialism, and colonialism in modern and contemporary visual culture of the Near East, specifically within historically Islamic countries such as Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, and Palestine, and the ways in which these histories and cultural objects resist inherited Western art historical narratives regarding beauty, superiority, and objectivity. Informed by postcolonial theory and an awareness of the ways in which colonialism in the Near East has impacted knowledge and assumptions of the region, this course moves beyond Edward Said's 1978 text Orientalism towards more contemporary and intersectional postcolonial writings and debates (such as Balaghi, Fanon, Bhabha, Chakrabarty, Rushdie, and Ali) that allow students to ask better questions about the ways in which notions of the "Occident' and the "Orient," "us" and the "Other" have expressed themselves within Western art and culture. The course explores the roles that vision and the imagination have in determining notions of identity and subjectivity.
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Race/Gender/Sex: Italian Art
Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Modern Italian Art (3) Frequently, past considerations have reduced the issue of alterity in early modern Italian art, whether as patron, artist, or subject, to neat, unproblematic platitudes, such as a period desire for exotica/erotica, or the inherent eccentricities of the artistic temperament. This course challenges students to think deeply and critically about these standard modes of interpretation. They investigate the issues of race, sexual orientation, and gender, considering what terms constitute how we identify these categories in works of art, their patrons, and their creators; in what kinds of scenes and contexts representations of these kinds of figures appear; what social realities shaped the lives of racial, gender, and sexual orientation minorities in the period; and how these realities changed, along with representations, throughout the period.