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    Otterbein University
  Feb 20, 2018
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

ARTH 3300 - Gender and Sexuality in Art History

Hours: 4
The history of European and American art is replete with images of the human body: sacred bodies and sexy bodies, old and young, ailing and athletic. This course examines how these images of the body reflect, reinforce, and shape constructions of gender and sexual identity. By taking a historical approach, we can examine how notions of masculine and feminine, queer and straight identities change and differ across time and place in order to understand that contemporary identities or categories are themselves constructed and not fixed. By focusing on representations of the body, we will be able to examine the gendered nature of representation itself and thereby gaining greater insight into the powerful role of images in shaping our understanding of gender and sexuality.
Notes: This course fulfills the dyad requirement when paired with one course from among COMM 4100, FMST 3281, INST 3501, INST 3504, INST 4011, WGSS 3010, WGSS 4026.