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Fall 2017-2018
SPA 554   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Synthetic Skin

Javier E. Guerrero

Dolls are human creations whose "disgrace" is their birth itself. They are not born according to the principles of sexual reproduction and biological identity: motherless, they form outside of the uterus. Dolls are different from other artificial matters in their close relationship to childhood. But the even more definitive distinction is that they have been assigned to a sex: they are female bodies. This seminar proposes to explore the specificity of these synthetic lives, considering dolls in their relationships with toys, monsters, mannequins, automatons, puppets, virgins, and mommies, through the work of diverse contemporary artists.

Sample reading list:
Elizabeth Grozs, Volatile Bodies
Jean-Luc Nancy, L'intrus
Allen Weiss, Desublimation and Morbidity
Lucía Puenzo, Wakolda
Rosario Ferré, Papeles de Pandora
Albertina Carri, Barbie también puede estar triste
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 5%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21068 S01 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm T   East Pyne Building   339   Enrolled:8 Limit:20