ARTH500 - MLA Proseminar: Studies in World Art: Religion, Politics, and Culture
Consideration of the problems of definition, analysis, and interpretation of artworks, chiefly painting, sculpture and graphic arts. Topics for consideration will include: the changing status of the artist, sites of visual display, the relationship between art and authority, the representation of cultural difference (including both national/ethnic and gender difference), and the "art for art's sake: purposes of "modernism."
Requirements will consist of short analytical papers on visual images as well as on class readings, comprised of some primary texts and samples of scholarship. Principal texts will derive from the Open University series "Art and its Histories" (Yale University Press).