ARTH 260 * Introduction to Art History * Professor Sarah Benson * Spring 2005
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Postcolonial theory and the horrors and pleasures of Romanticism
Complete the readings and prepare answers for the following questions in your journal.
1) Last week you discussed the political and artistic creation of the individual. In your reading on "Cultural Studies and postcolonial theory," Anne D'ALLEVA writes instead about human "subjects," "subjectivity," and "identity." How does she define these terms and explain their use by contemporary scholars?
2) On pp. 84-84 D'ALLEVA offers several examples of ways to study figure 3.7 using postcolonial or subaltern studies. Using these as a model, generate your own questions and observations about the images below.
3) Last week we saw images that related to two revolutions. How do these images relate (whether explicitly or implicitly) to contemporary politics? How do the artists invite us to feel about or react to these subjects?
* STOKSTAD, AH , "Romantic Painting," 924-926; "Europe and the United States in the Nineteenth Century," "Early Nineteenth-Century Art: Neoclassicism and Romanticism," "Neoclassicism and Romanticism in France," "David and his Students," "Romantic Painting," "The Object Speaks: Raft of the Medusa," pp. 942-952; "Romantic Landscape Painting in Europe," 942-958
* D'ALLEVA, "Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Theory"