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ARTH 260

Time/Space/Memory

This course casts a wide but selective net over a vast amount of material that allows us to explore the nature, meanings, functions and experiences of time and its intersections with space and memory across an array of disciplines and media: philosophy, science, film, poetry, fiction, graphic novels, sculpture, painting, performance art, photography and video. We begin by examining the different ways some of the greatest thinkers in the West (Aristotle, Augustine, Newton and Einstein) grappled with the notion of time. We look at how time has been marked, recorded and performed and at the impact technological developments (timeclocks, uniform railway timetables, wireless telegraphy, motion studies in industry) have had on human history. We examine such questions as, how is time related to memory in the context of families, communities and nations? How do we commemorate the past and what are the ethics of this value-laden process of reconstructing history? What do we choose to remember and what do we choose to forget as multiple stories about the past contend for recognition? We also consider the problematic relationship between time and photography. What is the role of time and memory in collective and private identity formation and how does photography contribute to this process? We discuss how time is differently lived, perceived and represented as we also examine how time and its manipulation (the different ways it is used to shape content or structure or both) in film, literature and art is an active agent that can powerfully affect our process of meaning-making and our reading and viewing practices.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course