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ARTH 547
The Studio, The Bedroom, & the Tomb: Artists and Artistic Biographies in the 19th Century&Beyond Fall 2020
Division I

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How was the vocation of the artist thematized in the European cultural imagination in the Romantic age and its aftermath? Even more, how did artists themselves articulate, experience, and reproduce that sense of vocation?–What were its mythologies and poetics, at once as they were circulated in visual culture, but also as they were lived, experienced, and reproduced by artists themselves? We will explore such question across three historically, psychologically, and tropologically configured “sites”: the artist’s studio, the artist’s desire, and the artist’s death. Readings by Freud, Balzac, Kris and Kurtz, along with scholarship largely centered on the visual arts of the 18th and 19th centuries. With instructor permission, students may undertake research projects in any field of the history of art.
The Class: Format: seminar; in person class with remote learning option, switch to all remote learning after thanksgiving
Limit: 16
Expected: 12
Class#: 2087
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: presentations, research paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: graduate students, then advanced Art History major undergrads
Distributions: Division I

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