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Fall 2017-2018
POR 563 / LAS 565   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Luso-Brazilian Seminar-Visual Arts & the Humanities (Half-Term)

Lilia K. Moritz Schwarcz

The seminar challenges students of literature, cultural studies, and history to "read" images. We often see photographs, drawings, caricatures, and engravings as mere illustrations, which confirm preconceived ideas. However, just as culture does not merely reflect reality, images can be understood as documents endowed with their own agency, thus able to create new contexts, habits, and even political and cultural mores. Through scholarly discussions on the visual arts, history and literature, we focus on a wide array of visual works in Brazil, from colonial times to our contemporaneity.

Sample reading list:
Rodrigo Naves, A forma difícil: ensaios sobre arte brasileira
Michel Foucault, Arqueologia do saber
Carlo Ginzburg, Mitos, emblemas e sinais: morfologia e história
Lilia Schwarcz & Adriana Varejão, Pérola Imperfeita
Alfred Gell, Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory
Manuela Carneiro da Cunha, Cultura com aspas
See instructor for complete list

Paper in lieu of Final - 80%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
This class will meet from 11/06/2017 to 12/15/2017 with two classes per week. This is a full-credit course. Artistic production by Albert Eckhout, Jean-Baptiste Debret, Nicolas-Antoine Taunay, Pedro Américo, Angelo Agostini, Marc Ferrez, Modesto Brocos, Tarsila do Amaral, Tomaz Farkas, Claudia Andujar, Adriana Varejão, Dalton Paula, Rosana Paulino. Classes taught in Portuguese. Discussions can be held in Portuguese, Spanish or English.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22760 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M W   East Pyne Building   339   Enrolled:6 Limit:15