Queer Phenomenology & Art

ARTHIST 475S

ARTHIST490S/ARTHIST 590S

Queer Phenomenology & Art 

 

Instructor: Dore Bowen

Cross-list: LIT

M, 10:15 am-12:45 pm

A290, Bay 9, Smith Warehouse

 

Attributes: ALP, CCI

 

Course Description:

 

This seminar applies phenomenology to writing and thinking about art. Beginning with primary debates concerning how things present themselves to perception (Husserl, Heidegger, Shapiro, Merleau-Ponty, Beauvoir, Sartre), the course then considers poetic extrapolations (Fanon, Focillon, Bachelard), culminating in contemporary accounts (Nesbit, Salamon, Wainwright, and Ahmed) that interrogate phenomenology’s basic precepts while employing its methods to address art in relation to bodily experience, identity, sexual orientation, and social context. Short exercises and a final paper provide students with the opportunity to work through these ideas in light of their own interests and research.

 

 

Image caption: Terry Berlier, Nonorientable (Abyssal Plain), 2019

** available as of 2023-01-01
Berlier
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring