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.
Instructors: Annette M. Baertschi (Classics) and Homay King (History of Art)
Class: Tuesday 2:20-4:10pm
Screenings: Monday 7:10-10:00pm
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 Cannibals (Italy, 1970), Amy Greenfield, Antigone/Rites of Passion (USA, 1991), Ingmar Bergman, Persona (Sweden, 1966), Miklós Jancsó, Electra, My Love (Hungary, 1974), Pier Paolo Pasolini, Medea (Italy/France/Germany, 1969), Arturo Ripstein, Asi Es La Vida (Mexico, 2000), Brian de Palma, Dionysus’69 (USA, 1970), and Spike Lee, Chi-raq (USA, 2015). Readings will be drawn from texts on film, psychoanalysis, political theory, and reception studies.
The GSem will be coordinated with the Flexner Lecture Series and take advantage of the theoretical framework established by Professor Honig. In turn, the seminar will complement her analysis of select literary texts and films by a number of less well-known re-interpretations of ancient figures of resistance and refusal, thus opening up a more global perspective on the forms and modes of reception of the classical characters in modern art and popular culture.
Recent GSemsPrinciples of Preservation and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (Spring 2017)
Marianne Weldon (Special Collections)
Astrid Lindenlauf (Archaeology)
Syllabus [PDF] 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