ARTH 333
Once More With Feeling: Reenactment in Contemporary Visual Culture Fall 2023
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ARTS 330

Class Details

The urge to relive the past is a fundamental human one, and artists have long drawn upon the ritualistic possibilities of reenactment as a way of interrogating time’s uneasy returns and losses. In this course, we will study how artists working in a range of media deploy reenactment in collaboration with others, in order to ask what liberatory potential there might be in choosing to restage–and in many ways, relive–the past. This is a hybrid course with roughly 50% of the course dedicated to critical analysis and 50% studio practice. Case studies drawn from film, theater and other art forms will accompany scholarly readings and short writing assignments, and students will also devise their own reenactment experiments in order to access the embodied and experiential possibilities of the course topic.
The Class: Format: seminar; discussion and studio practice
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 1377
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 2-3 written responses, 2-3 creative exercises, class participation, one 12-15-page paper OR one creative final project
Prerequisites: must have previously taken one Art History or Art Studio course in any area OR professor permission
Enrollment Preferences: majors
Materials/Lab Fee: The cost of materials will vary depending on the individual student project(s). Students are responsible for the cost of the materials. Students on financial aid can utilize the Book Grant to cover these expenses.
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 333 Division I ARTS 330 Division I
WS Notes: There will be considerable focus on writing and peer-editing as a means of shaping critical thinking. We will treat writing as a process; revision is built into the syllabus. 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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