Wednesdays, 3:30-6:15 p.m.
Professor Ara Merjian
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, Library (Room 203)
How can painting lend visual form to philosophical concepts – not as mere illustration, but as a practice and performance of philosophical thought? How may singular figurations – of myth, of reverie, of play, of non-sense – shape disparate ideological projects? How did avowedly apolitical images help shape some of the most politically charged images and spaces of the twentieth-century? What sorts of cultural and aesthetic tropes did Surrealism and fascism – as respective interpretations of modernity, however ostensibly inimical – share?
The interdisciplinary approach of this course welcomes not only individuals with art history backgrounds, but also those interested in urban and architectural history, literary studies and philosophy, classics, architectural history, as well as those interested in twentieth-century French and Italian modernism at large. Students will be encouraged to link their research papers to their relevant interests, whether in philosophy, literature, art history, architecture, theater studies, etc.; and/or related movements and tendencies with which de Chirico’s work was contiguous.