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ARTH 300 Art Historical Methods

  • Mondays, 2:45 - 5:15pm
  • EV 1.605
  • Instructor: Dr. Julia Skelly

There are two primary objectives of this course. The first objective is to provide an overview of the methodologies employed in the discipline of art history since the eighteenth century. The second objective is to provide students with an opportunity to determine which methods resonate with them for future coursework. We will begin with discussions of formalism and iconography; subsequently we will discuss critical methodologies including feminist interventions into (masculine) art history, writing queer art histories, attending to intersectionality and the Black female subject, as well as Marxism, the social history of art, psychoanalysis, semiotics, and postcolonialism. We will employ all of these methodologies in order to analyze a range of artworks from the Renaissance to the present day.

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