AR119-4-AU-CO:
Art and Ideas: I

The details
2021/22
Art History and Theory
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 07 October 2021
Friday 17 December 2021
15
05 October 2021

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

(none)

Key module for

BA V314 Art History,
BA V315 Art History (Including Placement Year),
BA V31B Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA V350 Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA V35A Art History (Including Year Abroad),
MARTV399 Art History,
MARTVB98 Art History (Including Placement Year),
MARTVB99 Art History (Including Year Abroad),
BA VV31 Art History and History,
BA VV32 Art History and History (Including Placement Year),
BA VV38 Art History and History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV3B Art History and History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VV3C Art History and History (Including Year Abroad),
BA V3RB Art History and Modern Languages (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VR39 Art History and Modern Languages,
BA V3R9 Art History with Modern Languages,
BA VR3B Art History with Modern Languages (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA PV33 Film Studies and Art History (Including Year Abroad),
BA VW36 Film Studies and Art History,
BA VW37 Film Studies and Art History (Including Placement Year),
BA VW38 Film Studies and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VW3B Film Studies and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA QV23 Literature and Art History,
BA QV24 Literature and Art History (Including Placement Year),
BA QV2H Literature and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA QV32 Literature and Art History (Including Year Abroad),
BA QV3B Literature and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VV53 Philosophy and Art History,
BA VV54 Philosophy and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV55 Philosophy and Art History (Including Placement Year),
BA VV5H Philosophy and Art History (Including Year Abroad),
BA VVHP Philosophy and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA V351 Curating,
BA V352 Curating (Including Year Abroad),
BA V353 Curating (including Placement Year),
BA V359 Curating (Including Foundation Year),
BA V35B Curating (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA W350 Art History, Visual Culture and Media Studies,
BA W351 Art History, Visual Culture and Media Studies (including Year Abroad),
BA W352 Art History, Visual Culture and Media Studies (including Placement Year),
BA W353 Art History, Visual Culture and Media Studies (including Foundation Year),
BA R100 Art History and Language Studies,
BA R101 Art History and Language Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA R102 Art History with Language Studies,
BA R103 Art History with Language Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA V305 Curating with Politics,
BA V306 Curating with Politics (including Foundation Year),
BA V307 Curating with Politics (including Placement Year),
BA V308 Curating with Politics (including Year Abroad),
BA V309 Curating with History,
BA V310 Curating with History (including Foundation Year),
BA V311 Curating with History (including Placement Year),
BA V312 Curating with History (including Year Abroad),
BA VV40 Art History, Heritage and Museum Studies,
BA VV41 Art History, Heritage and Museum Studies (including Foundation Year),
BA VV42 Art History, Heritage and Museum Studies (including Placement Year),
BA VV43 Art History, Heritage and Museum Studies (including Year Abroad),
BA V301 Curating, Heritage and Human Rights,
BA V302 Curating, Heritage and Human Rights (including Foundation Year),
BA V303 Curating, Heritage and Human Rights (including Placement Year),
BA V304 Curating, Heritage and Human Rights (including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module is an introduction to art-historical theories and debates. Closely engaging with a selection of key texts, we will explore some of the themes and methods that have shaped the discipline and continue to influence it today: from formalism and originality to feminism and psychoanalysis.

By analysing the different ways in which art historians approach the object of their study, we will think about the relationship between words and images. Consequently, the aim of the module is to encourage students to reflect on the history of art history, recognising how theory might affect the way we 'see' artworks.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

1. to provide students with knowledge of some of the key theoretical issues relating to the history of art;
2. to encourage students to interact and to engage critically with theoretical texts relating to the study of art history;
3. to develop students' skills of analysis and interpretation of works of art and architecture;
4. to stimulate students to develop skills in oral and written communication through debates, an essays, and an examination.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able:

1. to demonstrate a sound knowledge and grasp of a number of key theoretical texts relating to the study of the history of art;
2. to speak and write articulately about theoretical issues relating to the study of the history of art;
3. to analyse and interpret works of art and architecture;
4. to relate their analyses and interpretations of works of art to theoretical literature;
5. to approach theoretical literature in a critical fashion.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be a two-hour combined lecture and seminar each week. There will also be Reading Week when no teaching will take place.

Bibliography

  • Pollock, Griselda. (1999) 'Differencing: Feminism's Encounter with the Canon', in Differencing the Canon: Feminist Desire and the Writing of Art's Histories, London: Routledge.
  • Greenberg, Clement. (1988, c1982) 'Modernist Painting (1965)', in Modern Art and Modernism: A Critical Anthology, London: Paul Chapman.
  • Mulvey, Laura. (1975-09-01) 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema', in Screen. vol. 16 (3) , pp.6-18
  • Barthes, Roland. (1977) 'The Death of the Author (1967)', in Image, Music, Text, London: Fontana.
  • Krauss, Rosalind. (c1985) 'The Originality of the Avant-Garde', in The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.
  • Carol Duncan. (2009) 'The Art Museum as Ritual', in The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Nochlin, Linda. (1989) 'Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? (1971)', in Women, Art, and Power and Other Essays, London: Thames and Hudson.
  • Feldman, Hannah. (2014) 'Art during War and the Potentialities of Decolonial Representation', in From a Nation Torn: Decolonizing Art and Representation in France, 1945-1962, Durham: Duke University Press., pp.1-16
  • Barthes, Roland. (1993) 'The Photographic Message', in A Barthes Reader, London: Vintage., pp.194-210
  • Walter Benjamin. (1992) 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1936)', in Art in Theory, 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Freud, Sigmund. (2006) 'A Note Upon the Mystic Writing-Pad (1925)', in The archive, London: Whitechapel.
  • Fried, Michael. (1967) 'Art and Objecthood', in ARTFORUM. vol. 5 (10)
  • Clark, T. J. (1980-03-01) 'Preliminaries to a Possible Treatment of 'Olympia' in 1865', in Screen. vol. 21 (1) , pp.18-42
  • Oguibe, Olu. (1993-06) 'Editorial: In the 'Heart of Darkness'', in Third Text. vol. 7 (23) , pp.3-8
  • Mitchell, W. J. T. (no date) 'What Do Pictures "Really" Want?', in October: MIT Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   1500 word essay  21/01/2022  50% 
Exam  1440 minutes during January (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Marta Zboralska, email: marta.zboralska@essex.ac.uk.
artquery@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
Yes

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 458 hours, 18 (3.9%) hours available to students:
440 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Art History and Theory

Disclaimer: The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its Module Directory is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to programmes, modules, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to modules may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery or assessment of modules and other services, to discontinue modules and other services and to merge or combine modules. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications and module directory.

The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.