History of Art and Music

HIST3701The Cultural Turn: Cultural Studies in Historical Context (O) (Cross-Listed: CCS 3701)3 ch (3C) (W)

Traces the history of cultural studies from its debated foundation through the Birmingham school in post-war Britain, to its reshaping by post-Marxist, postmodernist, feminist, postcolonial, and diasporic perspectives. Analyzes the key debates in cultural studies at the onset of the twenty-first century, which include the field’s reorientation towards the study of popular culture, activism through cultural politics, the politicization of knowledge and of the academy, and “the cultural turn” of the humanities and social sciences.

HIST3725Baroque Art and Culture in Rome (O)3 ch (3C) (W)
Explores the art and architecture of the 15th to the 17th centuries in Rome. Through visits to churches, palaces, galleries, museums, and public spaces such as fountains, monuments, and piazzas, participants consider a range of key issues including artistic styles and techniques, the display of religious belief, the assertion of social and political authority, the status of female artists, and the representation of the body. Normally taught on location.
HIST3735The History of Modern Art (O)3 ch (3C) (W)

Examines the development of painting, sculpture and architecture from 1863 until approximately 1950 in Europe and the United States.

HIST3736Decolonizing Art History (O)3 ch (3C) (W)

Examines art and art history in settler colonial societies, including Argentina, Canada, the United States, Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, South Africa, India, and Palestine. Using Lorenzo Veracini's concept of "the settler colonial global present," we look at anti-colonial and Indigenous-led movements from settler colonial societies around the world as they pertain to art and culture. We will pay particular attention to the use of land, water, and relations with plants and animals in art production.

HIST3745Visual Culture and Colonialism (O)3 ch (3C) (W)
This course examines visual culture produced in the context of colonial and imperial histories. Students consider twentieth- and twenty-first-century interpretations of colonization from non-European perspectives. We will focus on art and film, but will also draw upon literary, political, and theoretical texts.
HIST3765History of Music in Medieval and Renaissance Periods (A) (Cross-Listed: MUS 3765)3 ch (3C) (W)

Introduction to music between 800 and 1600, studying representative styles and putting this music in a historical perspective.

HIST3775History of Music in the Late Baroque and Classical Period (A) (Cross Listed: MUS 3775)3 ch (3C) (W)

Begins with an examination of the stylistic background of music of the Baroque Period, and follows the development of musical form and style through the late Baroque and Classical eras, i.e., from c. 1700 - c. 1830. Some attention will be given to the role of the musician in the context of the social history of the time.

HIST3785History of Music in the Romantic Era (A) (Cross-Listed: MUS 3785)3 ch (3C) (W)

Traces musical development in nineteenth century Europe in its cultural-historical milieu, mainly in France and Germany. Examines the development of the orchestra, and the French and Austro-German contribution to that development, the role of nationalism in music and the role of the opera.

HIST3795A History of Music in the Twentieth Century (O)(Cross Listed: MUS 3785)3 ch (3C) (W)

Begins with an examination of the Post-Romantic composers, particularly Mahler and Strauss. Studies Debussy and the Impressionists, the Second Viennese School (Berg, Schoenberg, Webern) and its impact on twentieth-century music and the tonalist composers of the first half of the century. Examines music as an art form in North America.

HIST3796History of the Music Dramas of Richard Wagner (O) (Cross-Listed: MUS 3796)3 ch (3C) (W)

An examination of the theoretical constructs behind Wagner's music dramas, the compositional histories of some of the dramas of the 1840's, and then of the Ring Cycle itself. Some attention will be given to the performance history of the dramas as well.

HIST4705Art Histories and Critical Theories (O)3 ch (3C) (W)

Explores global critical theory as it has shaped art history, artists, and art production from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Theories examined include those located in art formalism, Marxism, feminism, gender and sexuality studies, queer studies, material culture studies, psychoanalysis, post-structuralism, the Anthropocene and environmentalism, postmodernism, Indigenous studies, Black studies, and postcolonial, anti-colonial, and decolonial studies. Examines critical shifts in theory as they relate to narrating the histories of art and to the work and lives of artists. 

HIST4735History and the Graphic Novel (O)3 ch (3C) (W)
Examines the graphic novel as a medium for historical narratives and as a document produced in a specific historical context. Explores public engagement with history, history and memory, representations of the past, and the experience of history.
HIST4755HIstory and the Video Game (O)3 ch (3C) (W)
Uses the medium of the video game to expore historical narratives and examine video games in historical context. Centering on historical research with respect to games and gaming, students will learn to read and play critically through in-class interactions with video games. Topics include Indigenous histories as portrayed in Never Alone, depictions of capitalism in Portal 2, and representations of settler colonialism in Assassin's Creed 3.