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MLA Seminar in Visual Studies: Medusa and the Power of Vision

MLA Seminar in Visual Studies: Medusa and the Power of Vision

Subject Area
Course Number
VLST 540 640
Course Code
VLST540640
Course Key
75735
Day(s)
Wednesday
Time
5:15pm-7:55pm
Primary Program
Course Description
Art History is the study of images. We hope to understand how images are made, how they communicate ideas to viewers and how society sees itself reflected in its visual culture. This course will examine art and the history of optical science as well as theories of visual perception, and ask how we see and how things come to be seen. Furthermore, we will ask how a different understanding of vision influences the nature of a particular culture’s visual language. Using the terrible mythological creature, Medusa, a figure with snakes for tresses whose very gaze turned men to stone, we will think about how artists depicted Medusa and correlate these visions to contemporary theories of perception. In the process, we will consider the visual cultures of classical Greece and Rome, the Renaissance and beyond. Readings will include theoretical texts, poetry, prose, history, scientific texts and art history.
Crosslistings
ARTH572640
Subject Area Vocab