Course Materials

Arts One: Seeing and knowing

Please click the link below for a list of books with ISBN numbers. If you choose to order the books on your own rather than getting them from the bookstore, be sure to get the same editions as on this list. 

Seeing & Knowing Booklist 2016-2017 (PDF)

Sophocles, Oedipus the King

Plato, Republic

Mencius, selections

Hildegard von Bingen, Selected Writings, and Margarethe von Trotta, Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (film)

William Shakespeare, The Tempest 

Galileo Galilei, selections

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, A Discourse on Inequality

William Blake, Songs of Innocence andExperience (poetry & engravings)

Charles Darwin, selections from Voyage of the Beagle and other texts

Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny and selections from Interpretation of Dreams

E.T.A. Hoffmann, “The Sandman”

German short stories, probably including Heinrich von Kleist, “The Earthquake in Chile” and Arthur Schnitzler, Lieutenant Gustl

Selected films from the Weimar period (possibly Wiene, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; Lang, Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler; Grune, The Street)

Vertov, Man With a Movie Camera (film)

Bertolt Brecht, Galileo (play)

Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber, with a few fairy tales

David Dabydeen, Slave Song, plus other poems

Michel Foucault, selections on the “Panopticon” from Discipline and Punish

Laura Mulvey, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”

Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo (film)

Toni Morrison, Jazz

Blake Hausman, Riding the Trail of Tears

A few machinima (movies filmed in digital space), from

W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz

Alison Bechdel, Fun Home: A FamilyTragicomic (graphic novel), plus selections from Scott McCloud Understanding Comics and Nick Sousanis, Unflattening (Nick Sousanis will give a guest lecture for us!)

Paul Auster, City of Glass

Paul Karasik & David Mazzuchelli, City of Glass (graphic novel adaptation of Auster’s novel)

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