ARTH 239
Social Media in the Nineteenth Century: Prints and Pictorial Persuasion Fall 2019
Division I Writing Skills

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This tutorial surveys the public lives of printed pictures in Europe between 1789 and 1914. Though the history of print extends well beyond these chronological limits, the so-called “long nineteenth century” witnessed the invention of new printmaking technologies. Larger audiences could now stay abreast of the period’s revolutions, wars, and breakthroughs both in science and in fashion. Designed for students who have no prior experience studying art history, the course will begin with an overview of printmaking techniques before moving on to focused case studies that include pornographic political engravings made during the French Revolution, etchings created by the Spanish artist Francisco de Goya, and the manipulation of self and space made possible by early photography. We will analyze how these works were produced in multiples, circulated by publishers and dealers, and consumed by viewers across Europe. Readings in cultural theory, intellectual history, the history of technology, and art history will help students develop their own interdisciplinary approach to the print. Together we will ask: what makes this medium social? How is cultural critique made visible? What can print cultures teach us about today’s practices of engaging with images digitally?
The Class: Type: Tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 6
Class#: 1109
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: alternating weekly essays (4-5 pages) and responses (2 pages) as well as discussion; three group meetings in WCMA, the Clark, and Chapin Library
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first- and second-year students
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
WS Notes: In this course, students will write a minimum of 20 pages broken up over several shorter analytical essays. Moreover, they will also write brief responses to their partners' essays in which they consider the craft of writing and composition. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
Attributes: ARTH post-1800 Courses

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