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Art and Colonialism, 1750-1950

HNRS 2021 Sec. 02 - Fall 2020

Professor Darius Spieth School of Art

Tu Th 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
220 French House

This class will give students an opportunity to explore in-depth the interrelationship between art and the Western colonial conquests in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia between 1750 and 1950 from a variety of perspectives (art history, history, political economy, social studies, etc.). We will investigate in particular Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian Campaign (1798-1801) as an example for how art reinforced the cause of colonialism at the turn of the nineteenth century. This theoretical side of the seminar will be supplemented by hands-on experience with authentic visual documents from the time of Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt, preserved at Hill Memorial Library, which students will present in class.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Arts