Be My Valentine. Ephemera, Ephemerality, and Affect From the Victorian Era to Today

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Be My Valentine. Ephemera, Ephemerality, and Affect From the Victorian Era to Today

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Spring, 2017

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ARH291

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Focusing on a largely unprocessed collection of Victorian-era Valentine’s Day cards held at the American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, Mass.) and a variety of online artifacts, from memes to emojis, the following upper-level colloquium explores the connections between 19th-century print ephemera and the ephemerality of images in the digital era. Special attention will be devoted to the affective, gendered and commercial histories of these everyday images. Funded by the Five College Blended Learning Steering Committee, the course involves a combination of independent and team-based learning, culminating in the creation of an online exhibition hosted on the American Antiquarian Society’s website. On some weeks, when the readings or topic under consideration are especially complex, I will begin class with a mini-lecture to introduce the subject. Otherwise, the bulk of class time will be devoted to discussion. It is therefore essential that you keep up with the readings and come to class prepared to discuss them. Reading and class discussion are the two key components of this course.

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