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Goya and His World

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-115

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Natasha Staller (Section 01)

Description

We will luxuriate in Goya’s magisterial works, from his rococo Tapestry Cartoons to his harrowing Pinturas negras.  We will avail ourselves of the treasures at the Mead Museum--a complete set of the Caprichos, the Disasters of War, the Tauromaquia and the Disparates.  We will study Goyas at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts--including many rare works on ivory, and the most important cache of his works on paper outside of the Prado.  To understand Goya’s apparently inscrutable images and his obsession with evil, we will pore over his letters, study his themes such as witchcraft and bullfighting, immerse ourselves in his fraught historical moment, and revel in his culture at large--from music to dance to literature--all inflected with a fragile Enlightenment, all still in the Inquisition’s grasp.  There will be one required field trip, on a Friday.

Reading knowledge of Spanish would be helpful, but is not necessary.  Fall semester.  Professor Staller.

Keywords

Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Writing

Offerings

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017
Other years: Offered in Fall 2016