Queer Phenomenology & Art



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
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring