Witch/Vampire/Monster

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2021
Subject Name: 
Art & the History of Art
Course Number: 
385
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as ARHA 385, EUST 385, and SWAG 310) Our course will explore how evil was imagined, over cultures, centuries and disciplines. With the greatest possible historical and cultural specificity, we will investigate an array of monstrous creatures and plagues -- their terrifying powers, the explanations for why they came to be, and the strategies for how they could be purged -- as we attempt to articulate the kindred qualities they shared. We will study centuries-old witch burning manuals, and note the striking degree to which dangerous tropes -- about women, about pestilence, about dangerous sexuality, and about differences of all kinds -- have continued to our day. Among the artists to be considered are Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Dalí, Buñuel, Dreyer, Wilder, Almodóvar, and the community who made the AIDS Quilt.

This course fulfills a requirement for the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice (RHRJ) certificate.

Not open to first-year students. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Staller.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
ARHA-385-01,EUST-385-01,SWAG-310-01
Link to Campus Courses
Schedule #: 
ARHA-385-01-2122F

Course Sections

Witch/Vampire/Monster
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Karen Koehler krkoehler@amherst.edu TTH 01:00PM-02:20PM FAYE 217