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Course: Monsters, Women, and Jews: Medieval Art and Identity (Art History, senior honours)

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This course aims to identify and to trace over time the pictorial and semiotic elements of negative portrayals of a variety of underclass/enemy constituencies. It will explain the active role of pictorial imagery in the shaping of contemporary social attitudes, and examine and evaluate the explanatory value of modern theories concerned with concepts of 'otherness', monstrosity, marginalisation, and identity when considered in relation to pejorative medieval imagery.