Fall 2020

Witches, Vampires and Other Monsters

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-385  |  European Studies, as EUST-385  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-310

Formerly listed as: EUST-70  |  FIAR-85  |  FIAR-92  |  WAGS-10

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Natasha Staller (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as ARHA 385, EUST 385, and SWAG 310) Our course will explore how evil was imagined, over cultures, centuries and disciplines. With the greatest possible historical and cultural specificity, we will investigate an array of monstrous creatures and plagues -- their terrifying powers, the explanations for why they came to be, and the strategies for how they could be purged -- as we attempt to articulate the kindred qualities they shared. We will study centuries-old witch burning manuals, and note the striking degree to which dangerous tropes -- about women, about pestilence, about dangerous sexuality, and about differences of all kinds -- have continued to our day. Among the artists to be considered are Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Dalí, Buñuel, Dreyer, Wilder, Almodóvar, and the community who made the AIDS Quilt.

Except for the student visits to the Mead Museum, our class will be online. In addition to vibrant discussions, there will be weekly written assignments to deepen students' understanding of the material, as well as to develop the beauty of their writing, the acuity of their sight, their synthetic and analytical powers. There will be frequent one-on-one meetings with me, and constantly changing mini-groups, as we learn and explore together.

Not open to first-year students. 

This course fulfills a requirement for the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice (RHRJ) certificate.

Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Staller.

If Overenrolled: At the end of pre-registration, students will randomly be selected to achieve equal numbers from each class.

Keywords

Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Online Only, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English

Offerings

2020-21: Offered in Fall 2020
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2020