Imagining Europe: Arts, Culture, Politics
What is Europe? Communities that extend a welcome or are under siege? This collaborative seminar with the Nasher Museum investigates the view that the migration of peoples, ideas, and goods has defined & enriched European cultures over centuries. It is organized around works from the literary and visual arts, with a historical focus. Major authors in Romance traditions will be studied especially writers and artists working in French: Montaigne, Froissart, Rodin, Callot, Montesquieu, the ‘bohemian’, Baudelaire. Select objects from Nasher collections will be examined: drawing, statuary, portable objects in leather, metal. Important critics guiding our work: writer and art critic John Berger, A Seventh Man; Judith Butler, Dispossession. This seminar will engage students in preparing a small experimental show at the Nasher, training them in methods, concepts, together with visiting scholars, and artists. A preceptorial is available for majors or minors.