Image, devotion and religious spaces in Early Modern Europe and the contemporary Americas

History 103B.003

Spring 2007
Instructor (text): 
204 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Wed 10-12
Note schedule change!

The various reformations in Europe opened great contrasts in the way people approached the divine, contrasts that we can still see in the churches down the street and around the world. They also opened such a gulf of incomprehension that fellow Europeans could be so different, that it took wars and generations until they arrived at a modus vivendi. We will explore these differences in the past by reading primary descriptions of iconoclasm, of reformation, and of the ways that people in Europe and the Americas experienced a life with and without images. And we will explore them in the present by visiting churches and talking with their members. The goal is fully to take in the differences, and get a sense of the historical roots, the aesthetics, and the internal emotional logic of each tradition.