SCHEDULE

REQUIREMENTS

RESOURCES

Professor Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe
with
Professor Tracy Hamilton
Professor Kimberly Morse-Jones

Spring 2010


Gardens

as Mythic, Spiritual, and Sexual Spaces
in the Landscape and in Art, Worldwide, over Time


SCHEDULE

WEEK 1
January 20
Introduction to the seminar
Requirements

INTRODUCTORY DISCUSSION:
Types of gardens
Contents of gardens
Purpose and significance of gardens
Symbolism of gardens
History of gardens
Gardens in art

Selection of presentation topics

Visit Daisy’s Garden, Sweet Briar House (weather permitting)

PRELIMINARY READING:
The History of Gardens (SBC Library)
Gardens of the Gods: Myth, Magic, and Meaning [electronic resource]


WEEK 2
January 27
WEBPAGE INSTRUCTION
Tom Marcais, 1:30 p.m., Smith Computer Lab (Room 201 in the Library).
You will be using the new Google Sites.
Be sure your have migrated over to Gmail by January 27.
If you haven’t done so yet, go here


WEEK 3
February 3
Mythic Gardens

PRELIMINARY READING:
Book of Genesis (The Garden of Eden)
Hesiod’s Theogony (The Garden of the Hesperides)
James Frazer‘s The Golden Bough (The Gardens of Adonis)
Apollonius of Rhodes’ Argonautica (The Grove of Zeus)
Avatar (Pandora)


Ancient and Medieval Gardens

WEEK 4
February 10
Gardens in the Ancient Near East

Hanging Gardens of Babylon
SEMINAR PAPER A1: Ryan Roach
Gardens at Nineveh
SEMINAR PAPER A2: Isabel Patterson

PRELIMINARY READING:
Mesopotamian Gardens (JStor)


WEEK 5
February 17
Gardens in the Ancient Egypt

Old Kingdom Gardens
SEMINAR PAPER A3: Caroline Rainey
New Kingdom Gardens
SEMINAR PAPER A4: Molly McLemore

PRELIMINARY READING:
Symbolism and Design in Ancient Egyptian Gardens (JStor)


WEEK 6
February 24
Gardens in Ancient Greece

Minoan and Mycenaean Gardens
SEMINAR PAPER A5: Sarah Strapp
Classical and Hellenistic Gardens
SEMINAR PAPER A6: Isabel Patterson

PRELIMINARY READING:
Ancient Mediterranean Pleasure Gardens (JStor)
Garden Lore of Ancient Athens (JStor)


WEEK 7
March 3
Gardens in Ancient Rome

Gardens in Pompeii
SEMINAR PAPER A7: Ryan Roach
Gardens in Rome
SEMINAR PAPER A8: Molly McLemore

PRELIMINARY READING:
The Gardens of Pompeii, Herculanium and the Villas Destroyed by Vesuvius (SBC Library)
Gardens of Pompeii
Ancient Roman Gardens (Randolph College Library)


WEEK 8
March 10
Gardens in Medieval Europe

Monastic & Palace Gardens
SEMINAR PAPER A9: Caroline Rainey
Hortus Conclusus
SEMINAR PAPER A10: Sarah Strapp

PRELIMINARY READING:
The Medieval Garden (Amazon.com)
Medieval Gardens (Amazon.com)
Monastic Gardens (Amazon.com)
Gardens of Virtue in the Middle Ages (JStor)
Mysteries of the Middle Ages (SBC Library)


WEEK 9
March 17
SPRING BREAK


WEEK 10
March 24
NO CLASS


WEEK 11
March 31
Renaissance and Baroque Gardens

Villa d’Este at Tivoli
SEMINAR PAPER B1: Isabel Patterson
Palace of Versailles
SEMINAR PAPER B2: Ryan Roach

PRELIMINARY READING:
The Villa d’Este at Tivoli (SBC Library)
Versailles: A Garden in Four Seasons (SBC Library)


WEEK 12
April 7
Gardens and Parks in 18th and 19th centuries

The English Garden
SEMINAR PAPER B3: Caroline Rainey
Central Park
SEMINAR PAPER B4: Molly McLemore

PRELIMINARY READING:
English Gardens and Landscapes: 1700-1750 (SBC Library)
The English Garden: Meditation and Memorial (SBC Library)
Central Park (SBC Library)


WEEK 13
April 14
Chinese and Japanese Gardens

Chinese Gardens
SEMINAR PAPER B5: Sarah Strapp
Japanese Gardens
SEMINAR PAPER B6: Molly McLemore

PRELIMINARY READING:
The Chinese Garden: History, Art, and Architecture (SBC Library)
The Classical Gardens of China (SBC Library)
The Japanese Garden (SBC Library)
The Garden Art of Japan (SBC Library)


WEEK 14
April 21
Persian / Mughal Gardens

Islamic Gardens
SEMINAR PAPER B7: Ryan Roach
Taj Mahal
SEMINAR PAPER B8: Isabel Patterson

PRELIMINARY READING:
The Mughal Garden: Gateway to Paradise (JStor)
The Persian Garden: Echoes of Paradise (Amazon.com)
The Art of the Islamic Garden (Amazon.com)
Taj Mahal (SBC Library)


WEEK 15
April 28
Gardens Today

Memorial Parks
SEMINAR PAPER B9: Sarah Strapp
Theme Parks
SEMINAR PAPER B10: Caroline Rainey

PRELIMINARY READING:
Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape (Amazon.com)
American Amusement Park (Amazon.com)


ART HISTORY SENIOR SEMINAR 2010