Group Seminars (GSems) are unique to the Graduate Group. Taught by two or more faculty members from different disciplines, they model interdisciplinary thinking and research on topics of concern across the humanities. One or two GSems are offered each year. Students in the Group are required to take at least one, but many take more.
GSEM 623: Figures of Resistance: Ancient and Modern
Instructors: Annette M. Baertschi (Classics) and Homay King (History of Art)
Class: Tuesday 2:20-4:10pm
Screenings: Monday 7:10-10:00pm
Course Description: The GSem will explore classical figures of resistance such as Prometheus, Antigone, Electra, Medea, and Lysistrata and their reception in modern art and culture. The focus will be on films and other works of art that re-appropriate and transform the ancient characters and their stories. We will discuss in particular how modern works re-contextualize the classical characters to shed light on contemporary historical, political, and social issues. Films include Jean-Luc Godard, Contempt (France/Italy, 1963), Tony Harrison, Prometheus (Great Britain, 1998), Liliana Cavani, The Year of the Cannibals (Italy, 1970), Amy Greenfield, Antigone/Rites of Passion (USA, 1991), Ingmar Bergman, Persona (Sweden, 1966), Miklos Jancso, Electra, My Love (Hungary, 1974), Arthur Ripstein, Asi Es La Vida (Mexico, 2000), Brian de Palma, Dionysus in '69 (USA, 1970), and Spike Lee, Chi-raq (USA, 2015). Readings will be drawn from texts on film, psychoanalysis, and political theory.
Marianne Weldon (Special Collections)
Astrid Lindenlauf (Archaeology) History and Memory (Spring 2016)
Lisa Saltzman (History of Art)
Madhavi Kale (History)
Encounters (Fall 2013)
Peter Magee (Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology)
Ignacio Gallup-Diaz (History)
For a list of earlier GSems, visit the GSem Archive