|Semester and Year||FA 2011|
|Time||6:20 PM - 7:35 PM|
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
While cultures often like to see themselves reflected in the arts, groundbreaking art is frequently accompanied by controversy. In literature, Nabokov was faced with charges of obscenity. In the visual arts, controversies surrounding “public art” have helped to determine what art can be and do from a social perspective. In photography, people like Mapplethorpe have challenged the role of the visual arts as innocent representation. In film, Riefenstahl blurred the line between aesthetics and politics by directing for Hitler while Pasolini directed what still remains one of the most shocking films in cinematic history. Through critical writing we will investigate such questions as: How do we define art? What constitutes obscenity in the arts? Is art inherently political? Three shorter essays and a longer literary-critical paper are required. Texts may include selections from Dante, Hume, Lin, Nabokov, and Plato.
First-Year Program: Writing Seminars (FIRST-UG)