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Unformatted text preview: HAA 232: Late Medieval Art Fall Quarter 2010 – Madrid Study Abroad Program Professor : Dr. Elena Boeck Office : CEA Global Campus Center, c/Alfonso XII, 46 – bajo, Madrid Office hours : Tu 12-1 p.m. and by appointment E-mail : [email protected] Course description: This course explores arts of Spain from the Visigothic period to the height of Spanish empire (ca. 600 – 1600). During this period the Iberian peninsula was both a contested space and a conduit for valuable artistic exchanges between Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities. Lectures will analyze monuments that were created by distinct political and religious groups in order to establish power, assert identity, and otherwise redefine the landscape. Topics of discussion will explore the complex dynamic of interaction between art, culture and religion in medieval Spain. Works of art will be evaluated in terms of their social functions in the cultural groups that produced them and our analysis will incorporate the perspectives of both the producers (patrons, artists) and consumers of art. Course Objectives and Expectations: This class is reading/discussion intensive and requires considerable preparation on the part of students. Students will be expected to do the assigned readings before class, participate in class discussions, and hand in written assignments on time. The students will gain from the course:- In-depth understanding of the complex intersection between art, architecture, politics, and religion- Sharpening one’s skills of critical thinking and writing - Gaining an appreciation of three world religions- Advancing capacity for initiating and sustaining independent work Requirements: • Attendance at lectures • Reading Assignments (textbooks, blackboard, and handouts) • Active Participation in Discussion • Journal of Experiences in Spain • Term Paper or the Record of the Class Trip to Toledo Required Texts:  Chris Lowney, A Vanished World: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain (Oxford University Press, 2005); Maria Rosa Menocal, The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain (Little, Brown and Company, 2002); The Song of the Cid (Penguin Classics, 2009).  Internet readings  Readings on blackboard Communication: Email is the best way to reach me. I do not answer email messages on the weekend. All messages should have a subject line that includes HAA 232....
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