Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Stott, Deborah
Discipline and Number
AHST 4342 Section 501
TR Time 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Venus to Vampire: Women in Art

Description of Course:

This course considers the theme of woman as subject as seen throughout the history of Western art, concentrating on the periods from the Greeks to the late 19th century. Ancient Greece was perhaps the first to develop recognizable types--Aphrodite, Artemis, Athena--which, in art and literature, illustrate different conceptions of female character. The various interpretations of woman as whore, woman as virgin, woman as leader, or as personification of virtue continue for as long as the classical tradition remains alive, with important modifications from Christianity, the individualism of the Renaissance and the social revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries. We will concentrate on the visual arts, especially painting and sculpture, as primary source material. But we will consider also the historical and philosophical contexts of these images by discussing the images together with primary and secondary historical and literary sources. No Prerequisite

Required Texts:

Vern L. Bullough, Brenda Shelton, Sarah Slavin. The Subordinated Sex: A History of Attitudes Toward Women. Revised ed. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1988.

Venus to Vampire: Women in History and Art: Selected Primary Texts
An anthology of primary source texts, compiled by the instructor, available online through eLearning to students registered in the course.

Venus to Vampire: Images of Women:
Set of required images available online through eLearning to students registered in the course.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Class attendance, discussion, and assigned reading
Two mid-term examinations
Paper of 6 - 8 pages
Final examination

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