Fall 2024 Course Highlight | Witches, Ghosts, & Ghouls!

This fall Tania Kolarik (Ph.D. Candidate) will be teaching ART HIST 303/RELIG ST 400 Witches, Ghosts, & Ghouls! The Supernatural in the History of Art TR 9:30–10:45AM. Sophomore Standing | Humanities Breadth | L&S Credit | Enroll here

Description: Is Spooky Season your season? Does the crunching of fall leaves, cooler air, and tales of ghosts and goblins in the lead up to All Hallows’ Eve fill you with glee? If you are a fan (or not) of the supernatural, especially those associated with modern American Halloween traditions, the origins of these motifs (witches, ghosts, zombies [ahem, the undead], etc.) are not always clear. This course examines the presence of the supernatural in the history of art across the world and through time, from Ancient Assyria to the present day, providing historical and cultural contexts to the shared human experience of the unknown. This course will consider the complicated role of the supernatural and its relationship with art, religion, and history.