Please thoroughly answer 4 of the 6 questions and explain why you agree or disagree with his assertions. Then, briefly connect one of his assertions, which he makes in relation to visual arts, to a contemporary visual representation (this can be anything: advertisement, movie, tv show, etc.). You may answer each question individually, or compose as a unified essay–but be thorough.
Format: Your Summary/Reflective essays should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced, 12pt font. I am most concerned that you communicate clearly, so any style of writing (informal, academic, narrative, etc.) that accomplished this is acceptable to me. No citations are necessary (unless your draw from sources outside of course readings, which I do NOT advise).
As a general set of guidelines, these informal Summary/Reflective essays have the following learning outcomes:
1. Prompt further thinking about the ideas/issues raised in the reading through the process of writing. This includes articulating, in your own words, some of the major ideas/issues included in the readings (you will not be able to cover them all, nor are you expected to).
2. Reflect on the social importance, or “stakes” of the ideas/issues raised.
3. Reflect upon the personal importance to you of the ideas/issues raised in the readings, and connect these to your life.
4. Provide a tangible form of your reading comprehension for your instructor to assess your understanding of these ideas/issues.
Here are the six ques:
1. According to Berger’s argument, why might one generalize that “men act and women appear”?
How is this similar to the idea that women constantly survey themselves?
2. Why are the repercussions of the “Fall” of Adam and Eve, which Berger sees as implicit in much European painting (and in culture generally), problematic for women?
3. How does Berger interpret the Venus and Cupid painting from Lely?
4. What is the distinction Berger makes between “naked” and “nude”?
5. Why do nudes in general, as Berger implies, have “nothing to do” with a women’s sexuality?
6. What is the “contradiction” implicit in the artistic tradition of the nude, according to Berger?