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Fall 2017-2018
* ENG 319 / AMS 322 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

About Faces: Case Studies in the History of Reading Faces

Monica Huerta

What aspects of your identity does your face carry? Why do we form attachments not only to our own face, but to the faces of those we love? This course explores theories about human faces, in terms of race, gender and class, and in relation to animal faces. We consider the ethical hold of the human face alongside the long history of studies--aesthetic, scientific, philosophical--of faces. We will also consider case studies of faces in specific contexts (e.g. in early film, in racial science, as emoji).

Sample reading list:
Allen Sekula, The Body and the Archive
Charles Darwin, Expressions of Emotion in Man and Animal
G.B. Duchenne, The Mechanism of Human Facial Expressions
Richard T. Gray, Envisioning the Invisible
Georg Simmel, The Aesthetic Significance of the Face
Ruth Leys, How Did Fear Become a Scientific Object
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
This course requires consistent entries in a Reading and Seeing Journal; one In-class Presentation; and a Final Project/Essay at the end of the term. Students will need to choose at least one primary source or archive upon which to base their final project or essay.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Other information:
Distribution Requirement: Theory/Criticism

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22250 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th        Enrolled:10 Limit:15