SOC 225 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Intersectionality, Aphra Behn, Clytemnestra

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Published on 16 Apr 2018
School
Emory University
Department
Sociology
Course
SOC 225
Soc 225: Sociology of Sex and Gender
Lecture 16
Art as Activism: Studying Art from a Sociological Perspective
Why do we create art?
- To entertain
- To build empathy
- To teach lessons about appropriate/inappropriate social behavior
- To ensure that a cultural event/figure is recognized/remembered by society
Art in Ancient Times (Greco/Roman Empires; Renaissance Europe)
- Women were featured prominently in art as subjects/characters, but as a whole, were
not allowed to participate in the creation of art as artists or performers
- Not eig a historia, oe ight go ee further ad say that oe hae urt like
beacons in all the works of all the poets from the beginning of time Clytemnestra,
Atigoe, Cleopatra, Lady Maeth, […] aog the draatists… Ideed, if oa had
no existence save in the fiction written by men, one would imagine her a person of the
utmost importance; very various; heroic and mean; splendid an sordid; infinitely
beautiful and hideous in the extreme; as great as a man, some think even greater. But
this is oa i fitio
Restoration England
- With the restoration of the monarchy, in England, in 1660 women gained the right to
perform on stage and assume roles as artists
- Aphra Behn emerged as a prominent female playwright during this time, though she
wrote under the name Astrea
- The emergence of these new levels of representation for women in the arts resulted in
more diverse, more nuanced representations of women on stage.
… ad Beyod!
- This pattern has continued throughout time and history; increased representation of
minorities and marginalized groups in the arts results in a variety of diverse and distinct
perspectives and portrayal in all art forms.
- We also see more of a demand for diversity in art from audiences, and a pushback when
those demands are not met
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Art as activism: studying art from a sociological perspective. To teach lessons about appropriate/inappropriate social behavior. To ensure that a cultural event/figure is recognized/remembered by society. Art in ancient times (greco/roman empires; renaissance europe) With the restoration of the monarchy, in england, in 1660 women gained the right to perform on stage and assume roles as artists. Aphra behn emerged as a prominent female playwright during this time, though she wrote under the name astrea. The emergence of these new levels of representation for women in the arts resulted in more diverse, more nuanced representations of women on stage. This pattern has continued throughout time and history; increased representation of minorities and marginalized groups in the arts results in a variety of diverse and distinct perspectives and portrayal in all art forms. We also see more of a demand for diversity in art from audiences, and a pushback when those demands are not met.