Why does the history of image-making and veneration go hand in hand with image–bashing? What were the motivations behind the intense (and intensely violent) debates over the definitions of icons and idols in medieval art? This course will examine theories and instances of image-making and breaking from the classical world through to the early modern world, covering late antiquity, Iconoclasm in Byzantium, and the medieval West. Memory, desire, identity, and transformation will be some of the key issues informing our analysis of the iconoclastic impulses punctuating the pre-modern era. Category for Concentration Distributions: D. Europe and the United States, 2. Medieval
Textbooks: No textbooks used. The readings are selections of essays and journal articles, several (but not all) available online.
Student presentations, 1 mid-term exam, 1 final research paper
No pre-requisites. For undergraduates with an interest in developing their skills at critical reading and writing.
Student presentations and discussions