10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW
Art & Design Building L008
Section Information for Spring 2018
This course will explore the impact of the Civil War in the art and culture of the United States. We will trace several key themes from the 1850s through the present and will cover a wide variety of media, including painting, photography, illustration, political cartoons, and film. We will cover the war from several angles, including images of battlefields and casualties, representations of the home front, and visual treatment of slavery and emancipation. The course will also cover the aftermath of the war, including how the war resonates in 20th- and 21st-century visual and material culture through cinema, advertising, reenactment, heritage tourism, and contemporary art. Throughout this course, we will consider key themes of national, regional, and racial identity; the politics of memory; and the ethics and aesthetics of representing violence and destruction.
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