This course critically examines European and non-European art and visual culture produced in the period between the French Revolution and the First World War. Spanning diverse geographies, temporalities, media and technologies, students consider the myriad ways historical developments and upheavals impacted and inspired the visual cultures of the day. Attention will be paid to the global reach of art and culture across the long nineteenth century, in particular the ways objects and ideas moved across borders through networks of exchange, trade and commerce. Historical topics for examination include steam and industrialisation, colonial expansion and conflict, slavery and civil war, commerce and consumption, and the growth of urban centres and the middle class. The outcome of the course will be an understanding of the birth of modernity and an appreciation of the continued impact of the nineteenth century on art and culture today.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- use a range of methodologies to think and write critically about art and culture of the long nineteenth century;
- apply an object-based, interdisciplinary approach to the examination of major artistic movements of the nineteenth century, and their legacies in the twentieth century; and
- undertake independent research into different aspects of the history and culture of the long nineteenth century, drawing on interdisciplinary methods and a range of scholarly resources.
- (1000 word) tutorial paper (30) [LO 1,2,3]
- (2500 word) essay (50) [LO 2,3]
- Creative Assessment (20) [LO 1,3]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Linda Nochlin, Politics of Vision: Essays on Nineteenth-Century Art and Society. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.
Stephen F. Eisenman, ed. Nineteenth-Century Art: A Critical History. London: Thames and Hudson, 2002.
Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Nineteenth-Century European Art. New York: Abrams, 2003.
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