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Chapters in College-Level Seminar Art History



I.)           Religion/Philosophy and the Human Portrait
(1)               Confucianism and the Human Portrait
(2)      Jayoon          Buddhism and the Human Portrait
(3)               Jainism and the Human Portrait
(4)      Go, Lewis, Go          Islam and the Human Portrait
(5)      Sang Il          Judaism and the Human Portrait
(6)      Sang Il          Orthodox Christianity and the Human Portrait
(7)               The Human Portrait in Precolombian American Art
(8)               The Human Portrait in the Premodern Art of Sub-Saharan Africa
II.)           The Artist and his Patron
(9)               Patronage in a Confucianist Society
(10)      Fidel          Patronage in a Buddhist Society
(11)               Patronage in a Muslim Society
(12)               Jews and Patronage
(13)               Patronage in an Orthodox Society
(13a)               Patronage in Communist Society
III.)           Romance and Society
(14)               Romance in Graeco-Roman Literature
(15)               Romance in European Medieval Literature
(16)               Romance in Muslim Literature
(17)               Romance in Indian Literature
(18)               Romance in East Asian Literature
(18a)               Romance in Communist Art
IV.)           The Role of Woman as Depicted in the Art
(19)               Women as shown in Precolombian American Art
(20)               Women as shown in PremodernArt of Sub-Saharan Africa
(21)               Women as Described in Muslim Literature
(22)      Consul          Women as shown in Indian Art
(23)      Nuri III.          Women as shown in Classical Greek Art
(24)      YES          Women as shown in Premodern East Asian Art
(25)               Women as shown in Orthodox Art
(26)               Women as shown in Communist Art
V.)           Art and Consumer Society
(27)               Consumption in Communist Art
(28)                Consumption in Art of the 1950s
(29)      Miao Girl          Art and Advertisement : Art Nouveau/Art Deco
(30)      Jayoon          Advertisements in a Communist Society
VI.)           Moving Pictures
(31)      New Boy          Social Problems as Portrayed in Korean Films
(32)               Social Problems as Portrayed in Chinese Films
(33)               Social Problems as Portrayed in Indian Films
(34)               Social Problems as Portrayed in Latin American Films
(35)               Social Problems as Portrayed in African Films
(36)               Social Problems as Portrayed in Russian Films
VII.)           Plagiarism in the Arts
(37)               Borrowing Ideas in the Movie Industry
(38)               Borrowing Ideas in literature
(39)      YES          Borrowing Ideas in Painting
VIII.)           The Consumers of Art
(40)               The Taste of Indian Movie Goers
(41)      SSP          The Taste of Korean Movie Goers
(42)               The Taste of the Russian Movie Goer
(43)               The Taste of the Chinese Movie Goer
IX.)           Folk Art and Elite Art
(44)      SSP          Folk Art and Elite Art in Premodern Korea
(45)      Pallas Athene          Folk Art and Elite Art in Premodern China
(46)               Folk Art and Elite Art in Premodern India
X.)           The History of Art History
(47)               The History of Western Art History
(48)               The History of Art History in East Asia
(49)               The History of Art History in the Muslim World
(50)               The History of Art History in India
(51)      Hong Kong          Anti-War Paintings
(52)      Hong Kong          Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
(53)      Gartenzwerg          Abstractism in modern photography
(54)      Gartenzwerg          Photography and its Role in the Decline of Romanticism
(55)      Honey          The theme of "vengeance" shown in Korean films and its cultural/historical significance
(56)      Honey          A Commentary on Herbert's Read's works on "Art and Culture"
(57)      Go, Lewis, Go          East Asian Propaganda Films
(58)      Cleo          Korean Short Films
(59)      Nuri III.          minimalism in fashion
(61)      Pallas Athene          Buddhism and East Asian Art
(62)      Cleo          photography of Henri Cartier Bresson
(63)      Fidel          The Correlation between the Dutch/Flemish Monarchy and Paintings of the time
(64)      Jellyholic          Nam June Paik's Video Art
(65)      Consul          History of Pop Art
(66)      Jellyholic          Japanese Art



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only topics with a number can be chosen; first come, first serve. Every topi only once. If you have a topic to suggest which is not on the list, feel free to do so.

General Encyclopedic Literature on Art History :
International Encyclopedia of Art, Facts on File 1997, 8 vols., R 700 H474
Britannica Encyclopedia of Art, Encyclopaedia Britannica 2005, 5 vols., R 709.22 G723b
Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Art and Artisans, (1966) 1984, [G]
R. Cummings, DK Eyewitness Companions : Art, 2005 [G]
J. Steer / A. White, Atlas of Western Art History, Facts on File 1994 [G]
A. Hauser, The Social History of Art, vols.2, 3, 4, NY : Vintage no year [G]
A. Hauser, Sociology of Art, University of Chicago Press 1982 [G]
H. Read, Philosophy of Modern Art (1953) 1971 [G]
H. Read, The Nature of Literature, (1956) 1970 [G]
Cambridge Introduction to Art : The Eighteenth Century (1985), The Twentieth Century (1981) [G]



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         July 12th 2009          Alexander Ganse






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