Focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of the humanities with an emphasis on writing. Historical and cultural contexts of the humanities and emergence of humanistic themes in particular geographies or among specific cultures or groups. Team-taught lectures and discussion sections for freshmen. Offered: Sp.
Buildings and films can tell many stories about our identity as members of specific communities in time and place. This course will take us around the world, from the Forbidden City in Beijing to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, from the Forum Romanum in Rome to the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. Each week will focus on a different location and examine how architecture and cinema have defined the site’s history and memory. We will ask how one excavates the multiple layers of material history, cultural symbolism, and subjective memory in architectural and cinematic spaces. We will focus on the way places and films expose or cover up alternative narratives, and will investigate how architects and filmmakers tease out the stories hidden in structures and images. We will look at how architects and filmmakers produce various orders of space and time. And we shall examine what it means to know those structures as pre-modern, modern, or postmodern, as expressions of a universal or particular viewpoint, or as the manifestations of colonizer or colonized. For the final assignment, students will use a creative project to relate their own stories and insights about being in time and space.
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