ARTS 302 Spring 2011 Remnants of the Real: The Ethics of Fact and Fiction

Cross Listed as ENGL396
The past fifteen years of literature and visual art have been marked by an interrogation of both "non-fiction" and "documentary" as modes of encountering the world. Using Giorgio Agamben's Remnants of Auschwitz as a foundational text, this upper-level seminar will ask the question: how does one make an ethical representation? The class will be devoted to an in-depth analysis of the works of key writers, filmmakers, and visual artists who attempt to answer this question, including: W. G. Sebald, J. M. Coetzee, Jean-Luc Godard, Pedro Costa, Andrea Fraser, and Walid Ra'ad, among others. Parallel to an engagement with assigned texts and artworks, participants will work throughout the semester on a creative project of significant ambition that engages the dialectics of fiction/non-fiction. While students from any department are invited to participate, the class is especially well-suited to those working in film and video, photography, and creative writing. Prerequisites include at least one class in art history (or history/criticism in the student's chosen field), and one class in the participant's chosen creative field, or by permission of the instructor.
Class Format: seminar and studio-workshop
Requirements/Evaluation: reading multiple long texts, viewing multiple art-works & films, & asscted rsrch twrds wrttn assgnmnts & in-class prsenttions; cmpltion a creative project; concptl & tchnicl qlity of creative work; grwth dring the smster; prticiptn & cntribtn toclass
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Prerequisites: At least one course in art history or criticism (or the history/criticism of the student's chosen field); at least two production-oriented courses in the student's chosen field; or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: Effort will be made to represent students from across the arts departments of creative writing, visual arts, dance, theater and music
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Material and Lab Fees: TBD
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3881
ARTS302-01(S) SEM Remnants of the Real Division 1: Languages and the Arts Jesse Aron Green
M 7:00 PM-9:00 PM 3881
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