AESTHETIC REALISM AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Taught by Arnold Perey
6:00 PM alternate Wednesdays
3rd Floor Library, Aesthetic Realism Foundation
The Feelings of People Are Real!
What can we learn about our country and ourselves from the feelings of people living on other continents and in other centuries? What can we learn about love, war, kindness, that we can’t otherwise? With this principle by Eli Siegel, “The resolution of conflict in self is like the making one of opposites in art,” one sees the feelings of people as real in a firm and exciting way that has simply not been possible before .
January 26 Marco Polo Crosses Asia: Sameness and Difference in Emotion
February 12 SATURDAY AM (not Feb. 9) The Personal and the Impersonal
Looking at Native American Art and Tales. Saturday morning we meet with The Visual Arts and the Opposites class taught by Marcia Rackow at the National Museum of the American Indian in downtown Manhattan. More information to follow.
February 23 Inside and Outside--in India & NYC
Discussing R.K. Narayan’s stories in Under the Banyan Tree
March 9 Feelings of the Ndowe People--How Like Ours!
Tales of West and Central Africa in Ndowe Tales gathered and translated by Enenge A'Bodjedi
March 23 The Family--Alienation and Coziness across the Continents
Discussion of anthropological classics, e.g. Mead and Calas’ Primitive Heritage
April 6 What impelled War and Peace in the Amazon?
What the great Montaigne learned--and tells of in his Essaies.
April 20 Opposites Then and Now; Opposites Here and There
Students speak on an instance of anthropology. Can we see ourselves in this instance as we see opposites in it?