HISTART 255 - Visual Mythology
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
SophInit
Cost:
<50
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Myths are a way of structuring and explaining the world. This course explores the 'after life' of ancient mythologies by focusing on the classical revival of the Renaissance, but we also study the intersection of these traditions with contemporary representations, including film. The course aims to familiarize students with a core set of myths, ones narrated in Ovid's Metamorphoses, and which provided a framework for picturing themes like transformation, desire and creativity. We will combine analysis of literary poetics with close attention to visual literacy. Through gender analysis, we focus on the construction of masculinity (e.g., Hercules) and femininity (e.g., Venus). The very fictionality of myth made it an apt vehicle for the figuring of creativity, here investigated through the stories of Narcissus, Prometheus and Pygmalion.

Textbook: Ovid, Metamorphoses.
Images: Botticelli, Venus. Kapoor, Marsyas.

Distributions: D. 3

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HISTART 255 - Visual Mythology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
22388
Open
42
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
22389
Open
7
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
22390
Open
13
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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