The course sets the anthropology of art in a wider sociological and historical context, with a focus on the appropriation of objects and forms from colonised and post-colonial peoples into the western category of art, the invention of the categories primitive art and tribal art, and processes of commoditisation. A major theme of the course will be the plurality of significance accorded to the same object as it moves from one cultural context to another.
This course may be counted towards an Anthropology, Archaeology or Art History major.
Tutorial participation (20%), tutorial presentation (20%) and 3000-3500 word essay (60%).
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2 hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week
Requisite and Incompatibility
*Layton, R. The Anthropology of Art, London, Cambridge, 1991.
*Wolff, J. The Social Production of Art, London, MacMillan, 1996.
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