ARTH 403
Clark Visiting Professor Seminar: Transatlantic Landscape Spring 2024
Division I
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Landscape and the American encounter are inextricably bound together. Through the conventions of landscape representation and cartography developed in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries, previously unknown regions of the globe were made legible to European audiences. What were these conventions? What aesthetic, social, and political factors contributed to their development? And with what success were they carried across the Atlantic? If European landscape was an agent of empire, in what ways was it challenged and even transformed by encounters with people whose ways of experiencing and thinking with the land did not conform to its conventions? This seminar will explore such questions by investigating the historiography and theory of landscape, and by looking closely at a number of case studies in transatlantic landscape, including the sixteenth-century mapping of New Spain, the Dutch representation of Brazil in the seventeenth century, Caribbean landscapes, the representation of the arctic, early archaeological campaigns in North America, and the surveying and representation of the western United States in the nineteenth century.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 3489
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: research paper, class presentations
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: second-year graduate students, then first-year graduate students, then advanced undergraduate students; places for 8 undergraduate and 8 graduate students assured
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 403 Division I ARTH 503 Division I

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