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ARTH667 – Collecting New Worlds

Prof. Monica Dominguez
Office Location: 309 Old College
Office Hours: Tuesday 3-4 pm
Email: monicadt@udel.edu

 

 

 

This seminar explores the afterlife of non-European artifacts (in particular, those created in the Americas) after their integration to early modern collections. Against traditional frameworks that considered these objects as primary sources to “recreate” the native past, we will examine their paradoxical impact on later constructions of indigenous identities.

 

 

 

 

Readings

Since class discussion is a key element for a seminar, each week I will provide a list of readings to be discussed in the next session. Photocopies of those readings will be available at the Art History department (318 Old College). For a list of readings, click here.

 

 

There will be two main assignments throughout the term:

a research paper (50%)
a 20-minute presentation in class (40%)

The remaining 10% of the final grade would be assessed taking into account attendance and class participation.

 

 

Feb 9: Introduction to the course

 

Feb 16: Organizing Exotic Materials: Foucault and the Renaissance Episteme

 

Feb 23: Pieces of an Empire: Habsburg Collections around Europe

 

Mar 2: New World Exotica for the European Market

 

Mar 9: First Images of America: The Age of Exploration and its Impact on European Artists

 

Mar 16: New World Myths: Accounts and Illustrations of the Discovery and Conquest of the New World

 

Mar 23: Understanding Foreign Religions: Between Paganism and Fetishism

 

Mar 30: Spring Break – No Class

 

Apr 6: Representing Race: From Costume Books to Casta Paintings

 

Apr 13: The Catalogue of Nature: From Sahagún to Malaspina

 

Apr 20: Digging Out the Past: First Excavations and the Interpretation of Other Cultures

 

Apr 27: Student presentations

 

May 4: Student presentations

 

May 11: Student presentations

 

May 18: Epilogue: Museums and the Representation of Non-Western Cultures

 

 

 

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