Fall 2022

Witch/Vampire/Monster

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

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.

This course fulfills a requirement for the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice (RHRJ) certificate.Not open to first-year students. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Staller.

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

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, close reading, visual analyses, group work, oral presentations, museum visits.

Offerings

2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022