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Fall 2017
Jan 17, 2018
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WGST 239 - Art, Medicine, and Gender
In this course we will interrogate the many and varied intersections and frictions between the medical and the visual from the Renaissance until today, with a focus on the gendering of medical knowledge, its practitioners and patients. Topics of inquiry will include: anatomical illustration; obstetric imagery; medical, artistic and connoisseurial ‘looking’; war and disability; the gendering of the medical ‘gaze’. Different kinds of images will be dealt with in each class, from illustrations of dissections through to oil paintings of celebrity physicians, photographs of ‘hysterics’ to patient self-portraits. We will take an object-based approach, with students being encouraged to find images and objects of interest to them for focused examination. Together we will endeavour to develop new methodologies for thinking critically and writing sensitively about images of significance in gender studies, which sit at the intersection of different academic disciplines, in this case, the history of art and the history of medicine.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Women's and Gender Studies Department

Course Attributes:
HALC - Hum, Art, Lit, Cul, Mean Grade is Calculated

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