ARTH 451 Ideal Bodies: The Modern Nude and Its Dilemmas

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as WGSS451
Since the nineteenth century, the female nude has been so dominant that the very term "nude" has come to stand for the female body. This course looks at both male and female nudes from the time of the French revolution to the present in order to order how and why this gendering occurred. We will explore the ways in which certain types of bodies have been defined in opposition to the white western ideal, and thereby exoticized and marginalized. Our prime focus is the work of David, Ingres, Courbet, Gericault, Manet and Renoir but more popular nineteenth-century images as well as selected works by artists working in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries will be discussed.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on biweekly 1-page papers, short reports, an oral presentation and a 10- to 20-page paper
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Prerequisites: two semesters of ARTH 101-102-103; permission of instructor required
Enrollment Preference: junior and senior Art majors, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors, French majors, and History majors with a concentration in European studies.
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 12
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Class Number: 3346
ARTH 451 SEM Modern Nude & Its Dilemmas Division 1: Languages and the Arts Carol Ockman
ARTH 451 SEM Modern Nude & Its Dilemmas Division 1: Languages and the Arts Carol Ockman
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