When faced with trauma and atrocity, what can art do? This class focuses on the role of representation in relation to trauma, particularly with the theoretical concept of post-memory in mind (the trauma of those who did not directly experience the event). We will predominantly examine the 20th Century and some of its cataclysmic events as they have been imaged by artists, including painters, printmakers, sculptors, graphic novelists, and photographers. The course will appeal to anyone interested in how art can facilitate or impede individual and collective memory, and how we deal with or repress events (historical amnesia), and Truth and Reconciliation. It will also be useful for students intending to work in organizations that advocate for and empower marginalized populations.


45 credits of 100-level or higher coursework

Course Notes

AHIS 330 is an approved Culture and Creative Expression course for Cap Core requirements. AHIS 330 is an approved Self and Society course for Cap Core requirements.

Course Outlines

Please note: Course outlines of record posted may vary from the section syllabus distributed by each instructor (e.g. textbooks, assignments, timing of midterms).


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