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Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Art in Theory

Unit code AHCP20431
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Art History and Cultural Practices
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

Art in Theory aims to provide a toolkit of concepts or discursive operations for contemporary students of art history. These concepts or operations might include: mimesis; iconography; space; biography/autobiography; the author; beauty/taste; the sublime; dialectic; the fetish; animism; the uncanny; aura; the sign; coloniality; race; gender; sexuality; globalisation; neoliberalism; ecology. At every level of the course, but in particular in seminar work, our thinking will respond to the urgent imperative to decolonise art historical practice.

 

Aims

Art in Theory aims to provide a toolkit of concepts or discursive operations for contemporary students of art history. These concepts might include: mimesis; iconography; space; biography/autobiography; the author; beauty/taste; the sublime; dialectic; the fetish; animism; the uncanny; aura; the sign; coloniality; race; gender; sexuality; globalisation; neoliberalism; ecology. At every level of the course, but in particular in seminar work, our thinking will respond to the urgent imperative to decolonise art historical practice.

 

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of the course, students will be conversant with such concepts as: mimesis; iconography; space; biography/autobiography; the author; beauty/taste; the sublime; dialectic; the fetish; animism; the uncanny; aura; the sign; coloniality; race; gender; sexuality; globalisation; neoliberalism; ecology. At every level of the course, but in particular in seminar work, our thinking will respond to the urgent imperative to decolonise art historical practice.

 

Assessment methods

Essay Plan 0%
Essay 1 40%
Essay 2 60%

 

Feedback methods

Formative feedback on the essay plan.

Written feedback on the essay

Recommended reading

TEXTS FOR THE COURSE

In addition to the books and articles recommended for each lecture you should consult recent publications concerned with art history as a discipline and its history (* especially recommended):

M. Baxandall. Patterns of Intention. On the Historical Interpretation of Pictures, 1985.

M. Cheetham, M. Holly, and K. Moxey (eds), The Subjects of Art History, 1998

*Eric Fernie. Art History and its Methods. A Critical Anthology, 1995.

*Jonathan Harris, The New Art History - A Critical Introduction, 2001

Jonathan Harris. Writing Back to Modern Art, 2005

C. Harrison et al (eds.), Art in Theory (3 vols.) 1648-1815, 1800-1900, 1900-1990

M. Hatt and C. Klonk, Art History, 2006

W. J. T. Mitchell, Picture Theory, 1994

W. J. T. Mitchell, What do Pictures Want?, 2005

K. Moxey. The Practice of Theory, 1994.

* R. Nelson and R. Shiff (eds). Critical Terms for Art History, 1996.

F. Orton and G. Pollock. Avant-gardes and Partisans Reviewed. The Social History of Art, 1996

R. Parker and G. Pollock. Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology, 1981.

M. Podro. The Critical Historians of Art, 1982.

M. Pointon. History of Art: A Students' Handbook, 1994.

D. Preziosi. Rethinking Art History. Meditations on a Coy Science, 1989.

*D. Preziosi, The Art of Art History. A Critical Anthology, 1998.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Charles Miller Unit coordinator

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