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Special Topic in Visual Culture: The Print Culture of 18th Century Europe
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 10 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).
This seminar addresses etching, engraving and associated techniques in 18th-century Europe. In the last great age of printmaking before the emergence of lithography and photography, prints acted as agent of change at all levels of society. The seminar explores satires and caricatures, fashion prints, trade cards, maps, almanacs, encyclopedias, letterhead, printed buttons, games, paper dolls, etc. Relevant issues include the role of prints in: pedagogy and socialization; the visualization of social orders and classes; the shaping of the public sphere; the imaging of the nation, the city, and the country; the relationship between art and commerce.
Notes: A "Special Topic" course provides more advanced analysis of a topic of general interest or relevance. This course fulfills 0.5 credit toward the Liberal Studies requirements toward the BFA or B.Des.
Course was last updated June 1, 2011 - 4:25 PM