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Romancing the Stone: Crystal Media from Babylon to Superman (ARTHIST 292, ARTHIST 492, FRENCH 392)

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292
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Romancing the Stone: Crystal Media from Babylon to Superman (ARTHIST 292, ARTHIST 492, FRENCH 392)

This seminar investigates the importance of rock crystal and its imitations as material, medium, and metaphor from antiquity until modernity. The objects examined include rings, reliquaries, lenses, and the Crystal Aesthetic in early twentieth-century architecture and even Superman's Fortress of Solitude. The texts range from Pliny to Arabic Poetry to Romance Literature to modern manifestos.