Italian 298: What is Beauty?

Instructor: Susan Gaylard

How did premodern writers and artists define beauty? How did their ideas change over time, and what can this teach us about Instagram and TikTok? This course examines a range of texts and images, interrogating links between beauty and gender, visual pleasure and seduction, the grotesque and the beautiful, and artificial versus natural beauty. Prerequisite: Italian 6 or above. Taught in Italian with some readings in English.