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HAD-639 Mapping Art History

3 Credits

Instead of examining such areas as French eighteenth-century art, Song Dynasty painting, or Dutch seventeenth-century art, this course emphasizes different connections between cultures and centuries based on reconsidered or redrawn boundaries. Often it shows that bodies of water are a key factor in determining relationships. Such as approach is evident in international conferences devoted to the Mediterranean or the Indian Ocean or to trans-Atlantic exchanged. In this seminar students will look at maps and globes that show a growing knowledge of the world based on exploration. Navigation records and trade routes are vital to this inquiry. Cultural exchange developed also through colonization, missionaries, and conquest. Students will read and discuss texts that investigate these matters. Each student will research a specific case of cultural interaction, present this research to the group, and refine it in a final paper.