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AH399 - Theory/Criticism/Aesthetics
Theory, Criticism and Aesthetics traces the development of art history as a discipline, while also providing an overview of the significant philosophical and critical theories that have influenced aesthetic debates in relation to the field. Kant’s ideas of the Beautiful and the Sublime, Hegel’s dialectic, Winckelmann’s promotion of the Antique, Marxism, Adorno’s critique of the Culture Industry, Gombrich’s approach to art and illusion, and Lacan’s notion of the Gaze will be explored. Students will also engage actively with various methodologies that influence the interpretation of works of art and past cultural history, including biography, formalism, iconography, semiotics, structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstruction, colonialism/postcolonialism, and feminism/postfeminism, through the work of Benjamin, Bryson, Derrida, Faludi, Foucault, Fry, Kristeva, Merleau-Ponty, Panofsky, Vasari, and Wollflin (among others). Based on the scope of a student's project or level of study there may be additional costs for materials and supplies. Satisfies: Art History Emphasis and Art History Minor requirements as well as Art History/Liberal Arts Elective requirement

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Description Theory, Criticism and Aesthetics traces the development of art history as a discipline, while also providing an overview of the significant philosophical and critical theories that have influenced aesthetic debates in relation to the field. Kant’s ideas of the Beautiful and the Sublime, Hegel’s dialectic, Winckelmann’s promotion of the Antique, Marxism, Adorno’s critique of the Culture Industry, Gombrich’s approach to art and illusion, and Lacan’s notion of the Gaze will be explored. Students will also engage actively with various methodologies that influence the interpretation of works of art and past cultural history, including biography, formalism, iconography, semiotics, structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstruction, colonialism/postcolonialism, and feminism/postfeminism, through the work of Benjamin, Bryson, Derrida, Faludi, Foucault, Fry, Kristeva, Merleau-Ponty, Panofsky, Vasari, and Wollflin (among others). Based on the scope of a student's project or level of study there may be additional costs for materials and supplies. Satisfies: Art History Emphasis and Art History Minor requirements as well as Art History/Liberal Arts Elective requirement
Prerequisites AH214 / Lecture <min grade = D-, min credit = 3.00> or AH215 / Lecture <min grade = D-, min credit = 3.00> or AH217 / Lecture <min grade = D-, min credit = 3.00> or
Corequisites N/A
Fees N/A
Credits 3.00
Credit Types Credit

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