Courses

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

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Spring 2022

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
HART B120-001History of Chinese ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHPark 243
In Person
Shi,J.
HART B130-001Renaissance ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHCarpenter Library 21
In Person
Cast,D.
HART B170-001History of Narrative Cinema, 1945 to the presentSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHOld Library 110
In Person
King,H., King,H.
Film Screening: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM MOld Library 110
In Person
HART B215-001Topics in South Asian ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFCarpenter Library 21
In Person
Houghteling,S., Teaching Assistant,T.
HART B220-001Landscapes, Art, & Racial EcologiesSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFCarpenter Library 25
In Person
McKee,C., Teaching Assistant,T.
HART B235-001Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Identification in the CinemaSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFDalton Hall 212A
In Person
Feliz,M., Feliz,M., Teaching Assistant,T., Teaching Assistant,T.
LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM SUDalton Hall 1
In Person
HART B268-001Telling Bryn Mawr Histories: Topics, Sources, and MethodsSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THOld Library 111
In Person
Walker,A.
HART B276-001Topics in Museum Studies: Museums, Monuments & MemorySemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WOld Library 111
In Person
Scott,M.
HART B330-001Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art: The FrescoSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WDalton Hall 10
In Person
Cast,D.
HART B340-001Topics in Material Culture: Arts of the Mughal EmpireSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCarpenter Library 13
In Person
Houghteling,S.
HART B350-001Topics in Modern Art: Identity in Film & Video ArtSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THCarpenter Library 13
In Person
Feliz,M.
HART B375-001Topics in Contemporary Art: Latin American ArtSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM MCarpenter Library 17
In Person
Feliz,M.
HART B380-001Topics in Film Studies: Transitional Objects: Between Old and New MediaSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCarpenter Library 15
In Person
King,H.
HART B399-001Senior Conference IISemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TDalton Hall 6
In Person
Dept. staff, TBA
HART B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
HART B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
HART B610-001Topics in Medieval Art: Gendered Images in ByzantiumSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TOld Library 251
In Person
Walker,A.
HART B620-001Topics in Chinese Art: Chinese CalligraphySemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THCarpenter Library 17
In Person
Shi,J.
HART B680-001Topics in Film Studies: Transit'l Objcs/Digital MiediaSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCarpenter Library 15
In Person
King,H.
HART B699-001Advanced Research MethodsSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM MCarpenter Library 15
In Person
King,H.
HART B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonCast,D.
HART B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonShi,J.
HART B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonWalker,A.
HART B701-004Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonHoughteling,S.
HART B701-005Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonMcKee,C.
HART B701-006Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonKing,H.
HART B701-007Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonHertel,C.
ARCH B229-001Visual Culture of the Ancient Near EastSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWGuild Hall 203
In Person
Tasopoulou,E.
ARCH B252-001PompeiiSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHTaylor Hall E
In Person
Tasopoulou,E.
CITY B190-001The Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHOld Library 110
In Person
Ruben,M.
CITY B190-00AThe Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Discussion: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM WOld Library 110
In Person
Ruben,M.
CITY B190-00BThe Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Discussion: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM TOld Library 224
In Person
Ruben,M.
CITY B190-00CThe Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Discussion: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM WOld Library 104
In Person
Ruben,M.
CITY B253-001Before Modernism: Architecture and Urbanism of the 18th and 19th CenturiesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWTaylor Hall F
In Person
Cohen,J.
CITY B306-001Advanced Fieldwork Techniques: Places in TimeSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TTaylor Hall B
In Person
Cohen,J.
CITY B377-001Topics in Modern Architecture: Housing and InequalitySemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THTaylor Hall B
In Person
Muñoz Barrios,F.
ITAL B213-001Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the HumanitiesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHOld Library 224
In Person
Bozzato,D.

Fall 2022

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
HART B103-001Survey of Western ArchitectureSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHCarpenter Library 21
In Person
Cast,D.
HART B140-001The Global BaroqueSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHOld Library 110
In Person
Houghteling,S.
HART B151-001Modern ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHCarpenter Library 21
In Person
Feliz,M.
HART B170-001History of Narrative Cinema, 1945 to the presentSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHOld Library 224
In Person
King,H., Teaching Assistant,T.
HART B205-001Art, Death, and the AfterlifeSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Shi,J., Teaching Assistant,T.
HART B210-001Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: The Classical TraditionSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Cast,D., Teaching Assistant,T.
HART B275-001Introduction to Museum StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THOld Library 111
In Person
Scott,M.
HART B320-001Topics in Chinese Art: Art and Environment in Traditional ChinaSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCarpenter Library 15
In Person
Shi,J.
HART B346-001The History of London Since the Eighteenth CenturySemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THOld Library 224
In Person
Cast,D.
HART B375-001Topics in Contemporary Art: Art & TechnologySemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 3:00 PM MCarpenter Library 15
In Person
Feliz,M.
HART B398-001Senior Conference ISemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
HART B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
HART B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
HART B620-001Topics in Chinese Art: Art and Environment in Traditional ChinaSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM MIn PersonShi,J.
HART B646-001The History of London Since the Eighteenth CenturySemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THIn PersonCast,D.
HART B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonCast,D.
HART B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonKing,H.
HART B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonHertel,C.
HART B701-004Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonSaltzman,L.
HART B701-005Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonHoughteling,S.
HART B701-006Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonMcKee,C.
HART B701-007Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonShi,J.
HART B701-008Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonWalker,A.
ARCH B301-001Greek Vase-PaintingSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHCarpenter Library 13
In Person
Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B501-001Greek Vase PaintingSemester / 1LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHCarpenter Library 13
In Person
Lindenlauf,A.
CITY B254-001History of Modern ArchitectureSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
CITY B377-001Topics in Modern Architecture: Housing and InequalitySemester / 1LEC: 10:10 AM-12:00 PM WIn PersonFaciejew,M.
ENGL B205-001Introduction to FilmSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHIn PersonDabashi,P.
GSEM B652-001Interdepartmental Seminar: History and Memory: History and MemorySemester / 1LEC: 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM THIn PersonKale,M., Saltzman,L.

Spring 2023

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
HART B110-001Introduction to Medieval Art and ArchitectureSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHOld Library 224
In Person
Dept. staff, TBA
HART B120-001History of Chinese ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHCarpenter Library 21
In Person
Shi,J.
HART B160-001The Global PresentSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHGoodhart Hall B
In Person
Saltzman,L.
HART B215-001Topics in South Asian ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFCarpenter Library 21
In Person
Houghteling,S., Teaching Assistant,T.
HART B235-001Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Identification in the CinemaSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Feliz,M., Feliz,M., Teaching Assistant,T., Teaching Assistant,T.
LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM SUIn Person
HART B276-001Topics in Museum Studies: The Lives & Mvmt of Afr ArtSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THOld Library 104
In Person
Scott,M.
HART B310-001Topics in Medieval ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCarpenter Library 13
In Person
Dept. staff, TBA
HART B340-001Topics in Material Culture: Arts of the Mughal EmpireSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCarpenter Library 13
In Person
Houghteling,S.
HART B370-001Topics in History & Theory of PhotographySemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THGoodhart Hall B
In Person
Saltzman,L.
HART B380-001Topics in Film Studies: Contemp Art & Film/PhilaSemester / 1LEC: 12:10 PM- 3:00 PM THIn PersonKing,H.
HART B399-001Senior Conference IISemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
HART B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
HART B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
HART B420-001Praxis Fieldwork Seminar: Museum Studies FieldworkSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM MOld Library 104
In Person
Feliz,M., Scott,M.
HART B620-001Topics in Chinese Art: Rethinking the Silk Road ArtSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TCarpenter Library 15
In Person
Shi,J.
HART B640-001Topics in Material Culture: Textiles of South AsiaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCarpenter Library 13
In Person
Houghteling,S.
HART B680-001Topics in Film Studies: Contemporary Art & Film in PhiladelphiaSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM FIn PersonKing,H.
HART B699-001Advanced Research MethodsSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCarpenter Library 13
In Person
King,H.
HART B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonCast,D.
HART B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonKing,H.
HART B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonHertel,C.
HART B701-004Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonHoughteling,S.
HART B701-005Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonMcKee,C.
HART B701-006Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonSaltzman,L.
HART B701-007Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonShi,J.
HART B701-008Supervised WorkSemester / 1In PersonWalker,A.
ARCH B102-001Introduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM MWCarpenter Library 13
In Person
Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B102-00AIntroduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Breakout Discussion: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM FCarpenter Library 13
In Person
Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B102-00BIntroduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Breakout Discussion: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM FCarpenter Library 15
In Person
Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B102-00CIntroduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Breakout Discussion: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM FCarpenter Library 17
In Person
Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B102-00DIntroduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Breakout Discussion: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM FCarpenter Library 17
In Person
Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B215-001Classical ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Tasopoulou,E.
ARCH B240-001Archaeology and History of Ancient MesopotamiaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Bradbury,J.
ARCH B252-001PompeiiSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Tasopoulou,E.
CITY B190-001The Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHOld Library 110
In Person
Faciejew,M.
CITY B190-00AThe Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Discussion: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM WIn PersonFaciejew,M.
CITY B190-00BThe Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Discussion: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM TIn PersonFaciejew,M.
CITY B190-00CThe Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Discussion: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM WIn PersonFaciejew,M.
CITY B377-001Topics in Modern Architecture: Architecture of ExtractionSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
FREN B213-001Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the HumanitiesSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHIn PersonCrucifix,E.
GERM B223-001Topics in German Cultural Studies: Under Surveillance: From ETA Hoffmann to Christa WSemester / 1LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWIn PersonStrair,M.
GSEM B624-001Greek Tragedy in PerformanceSemester / 1In Person
ITAL B315-001A Gendered History of the Avant-GardeSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
MEST B303-001The Art and Architecture of Islamic SpiritualitySemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM WCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Salikuddin,R.

2022-23 Catalog Data

HART B103 Survey of Western Architecture
Fall 2022
The major traditions in Western architecture are illustrated through detailed analysis of selected examples from classical antiquity to the present. The evolution of architectural design and building technology, and the larger intellectual, aesthetic, and social context in which this evolution occurred, are considered. This course was formerly numbered HART B253; students who previously completed HART B253 may not repeat this course.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B110 Introduction to Medieval Art and Architecture
Spring 2023
This course takes a broad geographic and chronological scope, allowing for full exposure to the rich variety of objects and monuments that fall under the rubric of "medieval" art and architecture. We focus on the Latin and Byzantine Christian traditions, but also consider works of art and architecture from the Islamic and Jewish spheres. Topics to be discussed include: the role of religion in artistic development and expression; secular traditions of medieval art and culture; facture and materiality in the art of the middle ages; the use of objects and monuments to convey political power and social prestige; gender dynamics in medieval visual culture; and the contribution of medieval art and architecture to later artistic traditions. This course was formerly numbered HART B212; students who previously completed HART B212 may not repeat this course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B120 History of Chinese Art
Spring 2023
This course is a survey of the arts of China from Neolithic to the contemporary period, focusing on bronze vessels of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, the Chinese appropriation of Buddhist art, and the evolution of landscape and figure painting traditions.This course was formerly numbered HART B274; students who previously completed HART B274 may not repeat this course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B130 Renaissance Art
Not offered 2022-23
A survey of painting in Florence and Rome in the 15th and 16th centuries (Giotto, Masaccio, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael), with particular attention to contemporary intellectual, social, and religious developments. This course was formerly numbered HART B230; students who previously completed HART B230 may not repeat this course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B140 The Global Baroque
Fall 2022
"Global Baroque" examines the Baroque style both within and beyond Europe, moving from Italy, France, Spain and Flanders to seventeenth-century India, Iran, Japan and China, the New World, the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Kongo. We will study the role of Baroque art in early modern politics, religious missions and global trade; the emergence of princely collections of wonders and cartography; the flourishing of new and wondrous art materials; and the changing role of the artist and artisan in this period. We will consider the Baroque as an invitation for emotional engagement, as a style of power that was complicit in the violence of European colonialism, and as a tool of cultural reclamation used by artists across the world. As a class, we will work to construct an art history of "The Global Baroque" that also attends to the complex specificities of time and place.This course was formerly numbered HART B240; students who previously completed HART B240 may not repeat this course.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B150 Nineteenth-Century Art
Not offered 2022-23
This course takes a transnational approach to the history of art from the Age of Revolution (beginning in the late-eighteenth century) through the industrial globalization of the late-nineteenth century. Lectures, readings and class discussions will engage key artistic and historical developments that shaped art and culture during this period. This course was formerly numbered HART B233; students who previously completed HART B233 may not repeat this course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B151 Modern Art
Fall 2022
This course traces the history of modernism from ca. 1890 to ca. 1945. Lectures, readings, and class discussions will engage key artistic and historical developments that shaped art and culture during the modern period. This course was formerly numbered HART B260; students who previously completed HART B260 may not repeat this course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Visual Studies

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HART B160 The Global Present
Spring 2023
This course navigates the global geography of art, from 1989 to the present. This course was formerly numbered HART B266; students who previously completed HART B266 may not repeat this course.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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HART B161 Topics in Contemporary Art and Theory
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course. Course content varies. This course explores art and its interpreters, from 1945 to the present.This course was formerly numbered HART B272; students who previously completed HART B272 may not repeat this course
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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HART B170 History of Narrative Cinema, 1945 to the present
Fall 2022
This course surveys the history of narrative film from 1945 through contemporary cinema. We will analyze a chronological series of styles and national cinemas, including Classical Hollywood, Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, and other post-war movements and genres. Viewings of canonical films will be supplemented by more recent examples of global cinema. While historical in approach, this course emphasizes the theory and criticism of the sound film, and we will consider various methodological approaches to the aesthetic, socio-political, and psychological dimensions of cinema. Readings will provide historical context, and will introduce students to key concepts in film studies such as realism, formalism, spectatorship, the auteur theory, and genre studies. Fulfills the history requirement or the introductory course requirement for the Film Studies minor. This course was formerly numbered HART B299; students who previously completed HART B299 may not repeat this course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Film Studies

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HART B205 Art, Death, and the Afterlife
Fall 2022
This course is writing intensive. This course aims to explore how art was used as a symbolic form to overcome death and to assure immortality in a variety of archaeological, philosophical, religious, sociopolitical, and historical contexts. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art. This course was formerly numbered HART B112; students who previously completed HART B112 may not repeat this course.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B210 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: The Classical Tradition
Fall 2022
This course is writing intensive. An investigation of the historical and philosophical ideas of the classical, with particular attention to the Italian Renaissance and the continuance of its formulations throughout the Westernized world. This course was formerly numbered HART B104; students who previously completed HART B104 may not repeat this course. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B215 Topics in South Asian Art
Spring 2023
This course is writing intensive. This course examines the representations of gods, plants, humans and animals in the Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Islamic artistic traditions of India. It traces both the development of naturalistic representations, as well as departures and embellishments on naturalism in the painting, sculpture, architecture, metalwork and textiles of South Asia. The course will consider the spiritual, social, political and aesthetic motivations that led artists to choose naturalistic or supernatural forms of representation.This course was formerly numbered HART B102; students who previously completed HART B102 may not repeat this course. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B220 Landscapes, Art, & Racial Ecologies
Not offered 2022-23
This course is writing intensive. This course uses art, visual, and material culture to trace the plantation's centrality to colonial and post-colonial environments in the Atlantic World from the eighteenth century to the present, as a site of environmental destruction as well as parallel ecologies engendered by African-descended peoples' aesthetic and botanical contestation. Objects to be considered include landscape painting, plantation cartography, scientific imagery, environmental art, and ecologically motivated science fiction. This course was formerly numbered HART B111; students who previously completed HART B111 may not repeat this course. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B235 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Identification in the Cinema
Spring 2023
This course is writing intensive. An introduction to the analysis of film and other lensed, time-based media through particular attention to the role of the spectator. Why do moving images compel our fascination? How exactly do spectators relate to the people, objects, and places that appear on the screen? Wherein lies the power of images to move, attract, repel, persuade, or transform their viewers? Students will be introduced to film theory through the rich and complex topic of identification. We will explore how points of view are framed by the camera in still photography, film, television, video games, and other media. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art and Film Studies. Fulfills Film Studies Introductory or Theory course requirement. This course was formerly numbered HART B110; students who previously completed HART B110 may not repeat this course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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HART B268 Telling Bryn Mawr Histories: Topics, Sources, and Methods
Not offered 2022-23
This course introduces students to archival and object-based research methods, using the College's built environment and curatorial and archival collections as our laboratory. Students will explore buildings, documents, objects, and themes in relation to the history of Bryn Mawr College. Students will frame an original group research project to which each student will contribute an individual component. Prerequisite: An interest in exploring and reinterpreting the institutional and architectural history of Bryn Mawr College and a willingness to work collaboratively on a shared project.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B275 Introduction to Museum Studies
Fall 2022
Using the museums of Philadelphia as field sites, this course provides an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of museum studies and the important synergies between theory and practice. Students will learn: the history of museums as institutions of recreation, education and leisure; how the museum itself became a symbol of power, prestige and sometimes alienation; debates around the ethics and politics of collecting objects of art, culture and nature; and the qualities that make an exhibition effective (or not). By visiting exhibitions and meeting with a range of museum professionals in art, anthropology and science museums, this course offers a critical perspective on the inner workings of the museum as well as insights into the "new museology." Not open to first-year students. Enrollment preference given to minors in Museum Studies. This course was formerly numbered HART B281; students who previously completed HART B281 may not repeat this course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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HART B276 Topics in Museum Studies
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Museums, Monuments & Memory
Section 001 (Spring 2023): The Lives & Mvmt of Afr Art
Spring 2023
This is a topics course. Course content varies. This course was formerly numbered HART B248.

Current topic description: Many sacred African objects in collections were never intended for storage. They were created to live lives, to be used and changed, to move and interact with people and perhaps die. Through this lens, we will consider the life stories of African objects that end up in museum collections, consider how these objects change as they moved across space and throughout time; and how their continued preservation in museums keeps them static and ahistorically stuck. This course also examines the provenance of certain African objects in the Bryn Mawr College collections, the paths they have taken from the peoples that originally made and used them to the anthropologists, missionaries and amateur art collectors that trafficked them throughout the West. The course also troubles the categorization of African objects as art or artifact, aesthetic or cultural, historic or contemporary. We will also consider strategies to reanimate African art and artifact stored in collections, to see them and care for them in new ways.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B310 Topics in Medieval Art
Spring 2023
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100- or 200-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art.
Course does not meet an Approach

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HART B320 Topics in Chinese Art
Section 001 (Fall 2022): Art and Environment in Traditional China
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Visual and Material Perspectives on the Silk Road
Fall 2022
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100- or 200-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art.

Current topic description: Focusing on the eastern part of the route that connects India, Central Asia, China, and Japan from antiquity to the medieveal period, this course surveys a variety of artworks and visual materials not only in formal and iconographic terms but also through social, political, and particularly religious perspectives.

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HART B330 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Palladio and neo-Palladianism
Section 001 (Spring 2022): The Fresco
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course. Course content varies. This course was formerly numbered HART B323.
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HART B340 Topics in Material Culture
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Arts of the Mughal Empire
Section 001 (Spring 2023): Arts of the Mughal Empire
Spring 2023
This is a topics course. Course content varies. This course was formerly numbered HART B345; students who previously completed HART B345 may not repeat this course. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100- or 200-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art.

Current topic description: This course examines the visual and material culture of South Asia during the Mughal Empire (1526-1857). As a class, we will explore a broad range of media, from marble tombs and gemstones to cotton and silk textiles, and many forms of art, including the visual arts, but also music, poetry, and garden design.

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Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B346 The History of London Since the Eighteenth Century
Fall 2022
Selected topics of social, literary, and architectural concern in the history of London, emphasizing London since the 18th century. This course was formerly numbered HART B355; students who previously completed HART B355 may not repeat this course. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100- or 200-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art.
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HART B350 Topics in Modern Art
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Identity in Film & Video Art
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100- or 200-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art.
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HART B355 Art of the Black Atlantic
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100- or 200-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art. This course was formerly numbered HART B326.
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Counts toward Africana Studies

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HART B370 Topics in History & Theory of Photography
Spring 2023
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100- or 200-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art. This course was formerly numbered HART B308; students who previously completed HART B308 may not repeat this course.
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HART B375 Topics in Contemporary Art
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Art & Technology
Section 001 (Fall 2022): Art & Technology
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Latin American Art
Fall 2022
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100- or 200-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art. This course was formerly numbered HART B380.

Current topic description: This seminar explores the intersections of art and technology in the post-war era. Aided by a consideration of critical, historical, theoretical, and philosophical writings on technology, new media, and post-humanism, we will examine ways in which artists have engaged with a variety of emerging technologies in their practices.

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Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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HART B380 Topics in Film Studies
Section 001 (Spring 2023): Contemp Art & Film/Phila
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Transitional Objects: Between Old and New Media
Spring 2023
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100- or 200-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art and Film Studies.This course was formerly numbered HART B334; students who previously completed HART B334 may not repeat this course.

Current topic description: This course will explore the vibrant contemporary art and film scenes in the city of Philadelphia. Approximately half our sessions will take the form of seminar discussions at the Trico Philly campus, while half will involve visits to local museums, galleries, and art institutes.

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Counts toward Film Studies

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HART B398 Senior Conference I
This course is open only to History of Art senior majors; permission of the instructors is required for registration. A critical review of the discipline of art history in preparation for the senior thesis. Capstone in the major; culminates in the senior thesis proposal.

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HART B399 Senior Conference II
This course is open only to History of Art senior majors; permission of the instructors is required for registration. A seminar for the discussion of senior thesis research and such theoretical and historical concerns as may be appropriate. Interim oral reports.Capstone in the major; culminates in the senior thesis.

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HART B403 Supervised Work
Advanced students may do independent research under the supervision of a faculty member whose special competence coincides with the area of the proposed research. Consent of the supervising faculty member and of the major adviser is required.

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HART B403 Supervised Work
Advanced students may do independent research under the supervision of a faculty member whose special competence coincides with the area of the proposed research. Consent of the supervising faculty member and of the major adviser is required.

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HART B420 Praxis Fieldwork Seminar
Section 001 (Spring 2023): Museum Studies Fieldwork
In this Praxis course, students will learn to critically evaluate augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) applications by developing their own AR/VR museum installation. The classroom component will include readings, guest lectures, and discussion topics in public history, conceptual art, and museum studies, and critical exploration of AR/VR and location-based technologies currently used in these fields. The majority of this course consists of a fieldwork component, in which students will develop an augmented- or virtual-reality installation of their own. Students will learn project management, design thinking, Unity development, and other digital competencies needed to successfully develop their museum installation. Prior experience with programming and/or Unity is advantageous but not required. If you are unsure about whether this course would work for you, please contact us or attend an info session. Pre-registered students should attend an info session on November 27 at 4PM in Canaday 315 to complete their Praxis learning plan.
Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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HART B610 Topics in Medieval Art
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Gendered Images in Byzantium
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Open to graduate students, AB/MA candidates, or by permission of the instructor.

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HART B620 Topics in Chinese Art
Section 001 (Fall 2022): Art and Environment in Traditional China
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Chinese Calligraphy
Section 001 (Spring 2023): Rethinking the Silk Road Art
Fall 2022, Spring 2023
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Open to graduate students, AB/MA candidates, or by permission of the instructor. This course was formerly numbered HART B639, students who previously completed HART B639 may not repeat this course.

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HART B630 Topics in Renaissance Art
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Open to graduate students, AB/MA candidates, or by permission of the instructor.

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HART B633 Problems in Representation
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Realism
Not offered 2022-23
This seminar examines, as philosophy and history, the idea of realism, as seen in the visual arts since the Renaissance and beyond to the 19th and 20th centuries.Open to graduate students, AB/MA candidates, or by permission of the instructor. This course was formerly numbered HART B645, students who previously completed HART B645 may not repeat this course.

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HART B640 Topics in Material Culture
Section 001 (Spring 2023): Textiles of South Asia
Spring 2023
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Open to graduate students, AB/MA candidates, or by permission of the instructor. This course was formerly numbered HART B646, students who previously completed HART B646 may not repeat this course.

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HART B641 Topics in Baroque Art
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Ornament
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Open to graduate students, AB/MA candidates, or by permission of the instructor. This course was formerly numbered HART B640, students who previously completed HART B640 may not repeat this course.

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HART B646 The History of London Since the Eighteenth Century
Fall 2022
Selected topics of social, literary, and architectural concern in the history of London, emphasizing London since the 18th century. Open to graduate students, AB/MA candidates, or by permission of the instructor.

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HART B655 Art of the Black Atlantic
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course. Course content varies. This course was formerly numbered HART B626; students who previously completed HART B626 may not repeat this course. Open to graduate students, AB/MA candidates, or by permission of the instructor.

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HART B675 Topics in Contemporary Art
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course. Course content varies. This course was formerly numbered HART B680; students who previously completed HART B680 may not repeat this course. Open to graduate students, AB/MA candidates, or by permission of the instructor.

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HART B676 Topics: Interpretation and Theory
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Affect, Psychoanalysis, and Race
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course. Course content varies. This course was formerly numbered HART B651; students who previously completed HART B651 may not repeat this course. Open to graduate students, AB/MA candidates, or by permission of the instructor.

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HART B680 Topics in Film Studies
Section 001 (Spring 2023): Contemporary Art & Film in Philadelphia
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Transit'l Objcs/Digital Miedia
Spring 2023
This is a topics course. Course content varies. This course was formerly numbered HART B661; students who previously completed HART B661 may not repeat this course. Open to graduate students, AB/MA candidates, or by permission of the instructor.

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HART B699 Advanced Research Methods
Spring 2023
This is a workshop designed to support graduate students in the History of Art in independent research and writing projects at any stage, including seminar papers and MA theses, preparing bibliographies and studying for preliminary exams, researching and writing a dissertation prospectus, or writing drafts of dissertation chapters. May be taken more than once for credit; mandatory for graduate students beyond coursework stage except by permission of primary advisor.

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HART B701 Supervised Work
Fall 2022, Spring 2023
Supervised Work

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2023
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B204 Animals in the Ancient Greek World
Not offered 2022-23
This course focuses on perceptions of animals in ancient Greece from the Geometric to the Classical periods. It examines representations of animals in painting, sculpture, and the minor arts, the treatment of animals as attested in the archaeological record, and how these types of evidence relate to the featuring of animals in contemporary poetry, tragedy, comedy, and medical and philosophical writings. By analyzing this rich body of evidence, the course develops a context in which participants gain insight into the ways ancient Greeks perceived, represented, and treated animals. Juxtaposing the importance of animals in modern society, as attested, for example, by their roles as pets, agents of healing, diplomatic gifts, and even as subjects of specialized studies such as animal law and animal geographies, the course also serves to expand awareness of attitudes towards animals in our own society as well as that of ancient Greece.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARCH B215 Classical Art
Spring 2023
A survey of the visual arts of ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age through Late Imperial times (circa 3000 B.C.E. to 300 C.E.). Major categories of artistic production are examined in historical and social context, including interactions with neighboring areas and cultures; methodological and interpretive issues are highlighted.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B229 Visual Culture of the Ancient Near East
Not offered 2022-23
This course examines the visual culture of the Ancient Near East based on an extensive body of architectural, sculptural, and pictorial evidence dating from prehistoric times through the fifth century BCE. We will explore how a variety of surviving art, artifacts, sculpture, monuments, and architecture deriving from geographically distinct areas of the ancient Near East, such as Mesopotamia, the Eastern Mediterranean, Anatolia, and Iran, may have been viewed and experienced in their historical contexts, including the contribution of ancient materials and technologies of production in shaping this viewing and experience. By focusing on selected examples of diverse evidence, we will also consider how past and current scholarly methods and approaches, many of them art-historical, archaeological, and architectural in aim, have affected the understanding and interpretation of this evidence. In doing so, we will pay special attention to critical terms such as aesthetics, style, narrative, representation, and agency.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B240 Archaeology and History of Ancient Mesopotamia
Spring 2023
A survey of the material culture of ancient Mesopotamia, modern Iraq, from the earliest phases of state formation (circa 3500 B.C.E.) through the Achaemenid Persian occupation of the Near East (circa 331 B.C.E.). Emphasis will be on art, artifacts, monuments, religion, kingship, and the cuneiform tradition. The survival of the cultural legacy of Mesopotamia into later ancient and Islamic traditions will also be addressed.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B252 Pompeii
Spring 2023
Introduces students to a nearly intact archaeological site whose destruction by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 C.E. was recorded by contemporaries. The discovery of Pompeii in the mid-1700s had an enormous impact on 18th- and 19th-century views of the Roman past as well as styles and preferences of the modern era. Informs students in classical antiquity, urban life, city structure, residential architecture, home decoration and furnishing, wall painting, minor arts and craft and mercantile activities within a Roman city.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B254 Cleopatra
Not offered 2022-23
This course examines the life and rule of Cleopatra VII, the last queen of Ptolemaic Egypt, and the reception of her legacy in the Early Roman Empire and the western world from the Renaissance to modern times. The first part of the course explores extant literary evidence regarding the upbringing, education, and rule of Cleopatra within the contexts of Egyptian and Ptolemaic cultures, her relationships with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, her conflict with Octavian, and her death by suicide in 30 BCE. The second part examines constructions of Cleopatra in Roman literature, her iconography in surviving art, and her contributions to and influence on both Ptolemaic and Roman art. A detailed account is also provided of the afterlife of Cleopatra in the literature, visual arts, scholarship, and film of both Europe and the United States, extending from the papal courts of Renaissance Italy and Shakespearean drama, to Thomas Jefferson's art collection at Monticello and Joseph Mankiewicz's 1963 epic film, Cleopatra.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ARCH B263 Roman Archaeology: Life in the City
Not offered 2022-23
This course explores the art and architecture of ancient Rome from the Republic through the Empire. By focusing on specific topics, such as residences, markets, religious life, death and entertainment, and by surveying a rich variety of available evidence that spans from architectural remains, inscriptions and monuments to paintings, architectural sculpture and mosaics, the course highlights the importance of art historical and archaeological inquiry for our understanding of urban life and experience in one of the greatest cities of the ancient world.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B301 Greek Vase-Painting
Fall 2022
This course is an introduction to the world of painted pottery of the Greek world, from the 10th to the 4th centuries B.C.E. We will interpret these images from an art-historical and socio-economic viewpoint. We will also explore how these images relate to other forms of representation. Prerequisite: one course in classical archaeology or permission of instructor.

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ARCH B303 Classical Bodies
Not offered 2022-23
An examination of the conceptions of the human body evidenced in Greek and Roman art and literature, with emphasis on issues that have persisted in the Western tradition. Topics include the fashioning of concepts of male and female standards of beauty and their implications; conventions of visual representation; the nude; clothing and its symbolism; the athletic ideal; physiognomy; medical theory and practice; the visible expression of character and emotions; and the formulation of the "classical ideal" in antiquity and later times.
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ARCH B306 Monumental Painting
Not offered 2022-23
The Mediterranean tradition of large-scale painting begins in prehistoric times and continues through Late Antiquity and beyond. Important examples survive on the walls of houses, tombs and other structures at sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Anatolia, Macedonia, Magna Graecia, and Etruria, Rome and the famous sites of Pompeii and Hercul- aneum preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Technical, artistic, cultural and interpretive issues will be considered.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B359 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course. Topics vary. A research-oriented course taught in seminar format, treating issues of current interest in Greek and Roman art and archaeology. 200-level coursework in some aspect of classical or related cultures, archeology, art history, or Cities, or related fields is strongly recommended.

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ARCH B501 Greek Vase Painting
Fall 2022
This course is an introduction to the world of painted pottery of the Greek world, from the 10th to the 4th centuries B.C.E. We will interpret these images from an art-historical and socio-economic viewpoint. We will also explore how these images relate to other forms of representation. Prerequisite: one course in classical archaeology or permission of instructor.

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ARCH B605 The Concept of Style
Not offered 2022-23
This seminar examines the development and uses of concepts of "style" in the criticism, analysis, and historiography of textual and material culture. Particular attention is paid to the recognition and description of style, explanations of stylistic change, and the meanings attached to style, particularly but not exclusively in classical and related traditions.

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ARCH B634 Problems in Classical Art
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course. Topics vary. A seminar dealing with current issues in the art of ancient Greece and related traditions.

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CHEM B208 Topics in Art Analysis
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course and topics will vary. All courses will cover a variety of methods of analysis of works of art centered around a specific theme. Using both completed case studies and their own analysis of objects in the Bryn Mawr College collection, students will investigate a number of instrumental methods of obtaining both quantitative and qualitative information about the manufacture, use and history of the objects. This course counts towards the major in History of Art.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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CITY B190 The Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the Present
Spring 2023
This course studies the city as a three-dimensional artifact. A variety of factors, geography, economic and population structure, politics, planning, and aesthetics are considered as determinants of urban form.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B253 Before Modernism: Architecture and Urbanism of the 18th and 19th Centuries
Not offered 2022-23
The course frames the topic of architecture before the impact of 20th century Modernism, with a special focus on the two prior centuries - especially the 19th - in ways that treat them on their own terms rather than as precursors of more modern technologies and forms of expression. The course will integrate urbanistic and vernacular perspectives alongside more familiar landmark exemplars. Key goals and components of the course will include attaining a facility within pertinent bibliographical and digital landscapes, formal analysis and research skills exercised in writing projects, class field-trips, and a nuanced mastery of the narratives embodied in the architecture of these centuries.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B254 History of Modern Architecture
Fall 2022
A survey of the development of modern architecture since the 18th century.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B306 Advanced Fieldwork Techniques: Places in Time
Not offered 2022-23
A hands-on workshop for research into the histories of places, intended to bring students into contact with some of the raw materials of architectural and urban history. A focus will be placed on historical images and texts, and on creating engaging informational experiences that are transparent to their evidentiary basis.

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CITY B377 Topics in Modern Architecture
Section 001 (Spring 2023): Architecture of Extraction
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Housing and Inequality
Section 001 (Fall 2022): Housing and Inequality
Fall 2022, Spring 2023
This is a topics course on modern architecture. Topics vary.

Current topic description: This seminar focuses on architecture's relationship to the thorny concept of "extraction": thinking through questions of territory, labor, Anthropocene, globalization, infrastructure/technology, carbon, resources/materials, etc. Our aim is to frame design and buildings as outcomes of vast politicized material systems.

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CITY B378 Formative Landscapes: The Architecture and Planning of American Collegiate Campuses
Not offered 2022-23
The campus and buildings familiar to us here at the College reflect a long and rich design conversation regarding communicative form, architectural innovation, and orchestrated planning. This course will explore that conversation through varied examples, key models, and shaping conceptions over time.

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ENGL B205 Introduction to Film
Fall 2022
This course is intended to provide students with the tools of critical film analysis. Through readings of images and sounds, sections of films and entire narratives, students will cultivate the habits of critical viewing and establish a foundation for focused work in film studies. The course introduces formal and technical units of cinematic meaning and categories of genre and history that add up to the experiences and meanings we call cinema. Although much of the course material will focus on the Hollywood style of film, examples will be drawn from the history of cinema. Attendance at weekly screenings is mandatory.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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ENGL B317 Materializing Disability: Text and Technology
Not offered 2022-23
Early disability activists, a group that was composed primarily wheelchair users, named the built environment--including curbs and flights of steps--as the cause of their disablement. People are not inherently disabled, they argued, but inaccessible spaces--or poorly conceived material environments--limit their mobility. Because we will be studying literature, we will turn our attention to the built environment of texts and imagine how the written word both enables and disables people with disabilities. When disabled people are unable to write or communicate by conventional means, what new writing practices do they imagine? What technologies might they rely on? From braille and talking books to American Sign Language poetry and screen-reader technology, disabled people have adapted texts to suit their needs while challenging what constitutes language. The course begins in the mid nineteenth century when Lennard Davis argues that disability emerges as a key concept in U.S. culture and proceeds through the mid twentieth-century civil rights movement when disabled people began to frame disability as a social identity. The course will travel across book history, technology, editorial theory, poetry, and performance to consider disability as a material and textual phenomenon. (Note: at the end of the term, students will design their own "edition" of a text with accessibility as the guiding force behind its design).
Course does not meet an Approach

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ENGL B336 Topics in Film
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Cinematic Voice
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course and description varies according to the topic.
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies

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FREN B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Spring 2023
By bringing together the study of major theoretical currents of the 20th century and the practice of analyzing literary works in the light of theory, this course aims at providing students with skills to use literary theory in their own scholarship. The selection of theoretical readings reflects the history of theory (psychoanalysis, structuralism, narratology), as well as the currents most relevant to the contemporary academic field: Post-structuralism, Post-colonialism, Gender Studies, and Ecocriticism. They are paired with a diverse range of short stories (Poe, Kafka, Camus, Borges, Calvino, Morrison, Djebar, Ngozi Adichie) that we discuss along with our study of theoretical texts. The class will be conducted in English with an additional hour in French for students wishing to take it for French credit.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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GERM B223 Topics in German Cultural Studies
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Seeing and Being Seen
Section 001 (Spring 2023): Under Surveillance: From ETA Hoffmann to Christa W
Spring 2023
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics include Remembered Violence, Global Masculinities, and Crime and Detection in German.

Current topic description: Taught in English. This course investigates different cultures of hyper-visibility and shifting notions of the power of the gaze and spectatorship as tied to techniques of social observation and control. It explores their connections to different modes of artistic and literary production before and after the rise of modern authoritarian states and technologies of mass surveillance. Starting in the eighteenth century, physiognomy emerges not only as a technique of reading faces, but as a popular pastime whose sinister afterlife becomes a foundation for Nazi racial science. Haunting tales from Romantic and Gothic authors invoke a supernatural surveillance that give rise to compelling genres and allow readers to visualize a modern, uncertain depth of subjectivity and nature of reality. Towards the beginning of the twentieth century, the flaneur's ambulatory gaze mobilizes a new experience of city life as other visual technologies like photography and film become more ubiquitous. Around the same time, the hyper-visibility of hysterical women inspire innovative forms of narration that intertwine exhibitionism, voyeurism, and a gendered critique of the gaze. And finally, the mass surveillance by the state - both real and imagined- prompt us to look more carefully at the powers afforded to visibility and invisibility, and the literary representations of those powers.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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GSEM B624 Greek Tragedy in Performance
Spring 2023

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GSEM B652 Interdepartmental Seminar: History and Memory
Section 001 (Fall 2022): History and Memory
Fall 2022
The seminar will begin by establishing the categories of history and memory, as they have been constituted across the humanistic disciplines, defining and refining the epistemological and ontological distinctions between the two. Readings will be drawn first from the writings of Nietzsche and Freud and then move to the work of Barthes, Caruth, Connerton, Foucault, Guha, Gundaker, La Capra, Margolit, Nora, Sebald, Todorov, and Yerushalmi. Once a grounding context is established, the second half of the seminar will be organized around a set of categories, ranging from the material to the theoretical, through which we will continue our explorations in history and memory, among them, the following: trauma, witness, archive, document, evidence, monument, memorial, relic, trace. It is here that we would each draw specifically on our own disciplinary formations and call upon students to do the same. The seminar would, of course, be open to all students in the graduate group.

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GSEM B654 War and Peace in the Ancient World
Not offered 2022-23
For centuries history has been perceived, written and taught as a series of wars and periods of peace. Yet, the question remains: what does it mean when a city, a state or a nation is at war, and how do different cultures and societies conceptualize peace? This interdisciplinary seminar explores theories and practices of war and peace in the ancient world, examining the archaeological, epigraphic, and literary evidence. The archaeology of warfare will include battlefields, fortifications, arms and weapons, siege machines, war memorials, funerary monuments as well as the iconography of victors and victims. The literary sources that we will be reading, among them the Homeric epics, select passages from Greek and Roman historiography, philosophical and rhetorical works and ancient handbooks and manuals of warfare, will shed light on the recording of conflicts, the conduct of war, notions of power and peace, the depiction of leaders, the representation of violence, and strategies of commemoration. Investigating bodies of evidence, which are normally studied separately and within specific disciplinary formations, we aim to challenge the entrenched oppositions between archaeology, philology, and history and to engage in a discourse about the complex and changing conceptualizations of war and peace in the ancient world. We plan to have several guest lecturers. Students participating in this seminar will be expected to give oral presentations and to develop their special areas of interests in their research projects applying a variety of methods. No previous classics or archaeology training is required.

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Not offered 2022-23
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ITAL B308 Rome as Palimpsests: from Ruins to Virtual Reality
Not offered 2022-23
From the urban dream that Raphael confessed to pope Leo X in the middle of the Renaissance to the parkour on the top of the Colosseum in the Assassin's Creed videogames, Rome has always been both a memory and a vision: a place of nostalgia and endless potential. In this course we will investigate some crucial places, moments, and ideas in the modern history of this ancient capital of Western culture: XVI century Mannerist painting and the Pop Art of Piazza del Popolo, the early modern re-uses of the Colosseum and its cubic clone designed under fascism, the narrations of Romantic grand-tours and the ones of contemporary postcolonial authors. We will adopt a trans-historical and inter-disciplinary perspective, focusing on the main attempts to revive the glory of the ancient empire. We will try to understand weather Italy's capital is a museum to be preserved, an old laboratory of urban innovations, a cemetery, a sanctuary, or simply an amalgam of past and future, glory and misery, beauty and horror. For Italian majors you will have an additional hour for credit. Prerequisite: One two-hundred level course for students interested in taking the course towards Italian credits.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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ITAL B315 A Gendered History of the Avant-Garde
Spring 2023
The very concept of 'avant-garde' is steeped in a masculine warlike imagery, and the founding manifesto of Futurism even glorifies 'contempt for the woman'. Yet, feminine, queer, androgynous, and non-binary perspectives on sexual identity played a central role -- from Rimbaud to current experimentalism -- in the development of what has been called 'the tradition of the new'. In this seminar we will explore such a paradoxical anti-traditional tradition through texts, images, sounds, and videos, adopting a historical prospective from early 20th century movements to the Neo-Avant-Garde. We will unearth the stories and works of great experimentalists who have been neglected because of their gender. We will deal with poems made up entirely of place names, of recorded noises, of typographical symbols. Taking advantage of the college's collection and library, we will try to read texts with no words, surreal stories, performances, objects, and we will make our own avant-garde experiments. Course taught in English, no previous knowledge of Italian required.
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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MEST B303 The Art and Architecture of Islamic Spirituality
Spring 2023
This course examines how Muslim societies across time and space have used art and architecture in different ways to express and understand inner dimensions of spirituality and mysticism. Topics to be studied include: the calligraphical remnants of the early Islamic period; inscriptions found on buildings and gravestones; the majestic architecture of mosques, shrines, seminaries, and Sufi lodges; the brilliant arts of the book; the commemorative iconography and passion plays of Ashura devotion; the souvenir culture of modern shrine visitation; and the modern art of twenty-first century Sufism. Readings include works from history, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, and the history of art and architecture.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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RUSS B238 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945
Not offered 2022-23
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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