The Body in Medieval Art|
Medieval thinkers theorized the body in ways vastly different from how human bodies are conceptualized and defined today in the twenty-first-century West. Indeed, the "medieval body" was not at all a stable or monolithic entity, but rather a shifting constellation of ideas and practices that waxed, waned, and coexisted throughout the European Middle Ages, c. 400-1400. The diversity of medieval attitudes toward the body helped inform its representation in art, which, simultaneously, was also dependent upon conventions of craft, medium, artistry, preciousness, and style. "Body" signals not only earthly bodies--sexed, fleshly, corruptible, and soon to decay--but also the soul (equally fragile), as well as heavenly, angelic, and divine bodies, including that of Christ. This course analyzes medieval strategies of representing these bodies while situating them in their respective intellectual and cultural environments. Primary-source materials will be contextualized by secondary literature, and our inquiries will remain cognizant of gender-, sexuality-, race-, and performance-critical methods. The bodies examined will include, and are not limited to, saintly, gendered, racialized, clerical, monstrous, virginal, heretical, sickly, healthy, courtly, resurrected, and uncircumscribable bodies.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Charles Freeman, HOLY BONES, HOLY DUST: HOW RELICS SHAPED THE HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL EUROPE (Yale, 2020) ¿ ISBN: 978-0300184303.
Additional readings, including articles, book chapters, and primary-source texts, will be made available on e-reserves and Moodle.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Class participation, oral presentations, two response papers, seminar research project and paper.
|Instructor(s): Ackley,Joseph Salvatore Times: ...W... 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: BOGH115; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 14||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 0||FR: X|
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