Section A: TR 11:50am-1:05pm - Professor Danger
Section B: TR 1:20-2:35pm - Professor Graber
Section C: TR 2:50-4:05pm - Professor Miller
Section D: WF 2:00-3:15pm - Professor Buggeln
Plenary: W 6:45-7:45pm Note: Wednesday evening plenary required for all sections.
Fulfills humanities: fine arts requirement.
Through a range of works in art, literature, philosophy, and theology, this course examines the history of visual and textual representation from ancient Greece to the present. Readings, lectures, and discussions are organized around several key themes: the authority of representation; the power of images; the reliability of words and images; the relationship between word and image in religion, categories of visual experience; and visual experience in the modern world. Primary texts will include: Plato, The Republic; Shusaku Endo, Silence; William Blake, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience; Joe Sacco’s graphic novel, Palestine; and Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others. Although classes will be conducted primarily through discussion, there will be plenary lectures on Wednesday evenings, several Monday evening films, and field trips to local religious sites and to the Brauer Museum of Art. Students will write three critical papers and several shorter descriptive essays.