Arts/Orature in Africa

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2018
Subject Name: 
Art & the History of Art
Course Number: 
138
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as BLST 313 [A] and ARHA 138) In the traditionally non-literate societies of Africa, verbal and visual arts constitute two systems of communication. The performance of verbal art and the display of visual art are governed by social and cultural rules. We will examine the epistemological process of understanding cultural symbols, of visualizing narratives, or proverbs, and of verbalizing sculptures or designs. Focusing on the Yoruba people of West Africa, the course will attempt to interpret the language of their verbal and visual arts and their interrelations in terms of cultural cosmologies, artistic performances, and historical changes in perception and meaning. We will explore new perspectives in the critical analysis of African verbal and visual arts, and their interdependence as they support each other through mutual references and allusions.

Fall semester. Professor Abiodun.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
BLST-313-01,ARHA-138-01
Schedule #: 
ARHA-138-01-1819F

Course Sections

Arts/Orature in Africa
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Rowland Abiodun roabiodun@amherst.edu MW 12:30PM-01:50PM COOP 101