Medicine and Art: Viewing the Medieval Body|
How did artists understand the body in the later Middle Ages, and how did this help to shape medical, spiritual, and philosophical views of what it meant to be human? What role did art play in the dissemination of scientific knowledge and religious thought, and were these views necessarily in conflict? This course will explore pre-modern depictions of the human body in works of art, scientific treatises, and visual ephemera produced and circulated in the pre-modern period (1150--1550). Topics to be addressed include the visual culture of life, death, and the afterlife; abnormal bodies: saints and monsters; the role of art in illness and healing; and medieval robotics and artificial bodies. Case studies will be drawn from European and Islamic works of art.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Michael Camille. GOTHIC ART: GLORIOUS VISIONS. Abrams, 1996.
Nancy G. Siraisi, MEDIEVAL & EARLY RENAISSANCE MEDICINE: AN INTRODUCTION TO KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE. University of Chicago Press, 1990.
Selected scholarly articles and essays, available on e-reserves
|Examination and Assignments: |
Several short writing assignments, two peer-exchanged essays, and a research project and presentation.
|Instructor(s): Katz,Melissa R. Times: .M.W... 01:20PM-02:40PM; Location: BOGH112; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|