Courses of Study 2018-2019 
    Mar 20, 2023  
Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ARTH 6601 - Space, Gender, Body in Early Modern Art

(crosslisted) FGSS 6601 VISST 6601 
Spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with ARTH 4601 /FGSS 4601 /VISST 4601 .

L. Pincus.

The body is a universal. How we construct our understandings of it is not. In this class we will investigate conceptions and treatment of the early-modern body (1400-1700) mainly in Europe with excursions to China, Japan, Africa. Among our topics will be: classical understanding of the body and gender; cross-cultural practices of medicine and anatomy; aesthetics and the nude; definitions of beauty and the grotesque. Criminal, sinful and saintly bodies; death, the macabre, and  the mortal, divine body of Christ; the ambiguous gender of children; the formation of identity through portraiture; the science of sexuality and art of erotics as well as correspondences among bodies, domestic and public spaces, the macrocosm and microcosm will round out our study. We will work with historical materials with an eye for current practices in bodily identities.

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