House and Home: Domestic Architecture, Interiors, and Material Life in North America, 1600-1900

Domestic architecture is perceived as both a setting for private life and a means of public self-expression. This course will explore the duality of "house and home" by paying close attention to the changing nature of domestic environments in North America from 1600 to 1900. Topics will include the gendering of domestic space; the role of architects, designers, and prescriptive literature in shaping domestic environments; technological change; the marketing and mass production of domestic furnishings; the relationship of houses to their natural environments; and visions for alternative, reform, or utopian housing arrangements. Site visits and walking tours are a central component of the course.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: None. ARTH 100 or WRIT 107 recommended. Not open to students who have taken ARTH 345.

Instructor: McNamara

Distribution Requirements: ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

Notes: This course is also offered at the 300-level as ARTH 345.