This course will examine how visual art attempts to represent social, national, political, and individual trauma. Looking at case studies from history and the present, theories concerning the body are raised, as well as questions about how various groups buttress their power through threat and the spectacle of violence, how artists respond to instances of torture, genocide, war and disease, and the range of spectator responses to challenging, difficult, and gruesome images.


45 credits of 100-level or higher coursework including 6 AHIS credits at the 100 or 200-level

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).

Effective Term
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