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Revisioning Histories of Modernism (Femininity, Modernity, Representation)
This course will present the issues faced by feminist historians working in the field of the history of art studying both the work by women artists of the past and the function of visual representation in the constitution of regimes of sexual difference by drawing on the current debates in historiography and by identifying the major models currently proposed by feminist writers on the histories of visual culture. At different times the historical focus will vary between 18c, 19c and 20c archives. Femininity, Modernity and Representation focuses on the 20c.
Starting with a series of readings of problematics of women and modernity (Woolf, Duncan, Kristeva, Mitchell, Rogoff), and on the representation of the women as modernist artist, the course will consider student researched case studies on representative modernist women (Stein, Baker, Woolf, Brooks, Luxembourg, Hurston, O'Keefe). Subsequent topics will include Modernising Sexual Difference: Orlando (Woolf and Potter); Women and Revolution (Kahlo and Modotti); The poetics and politics of Sexuality and Surrealism (Oppenheim, Cahun, Hoch, Varos, Carrington, Tanning, Fini); City and Country
(O'Keefe, Abbot, Cunningham, Bubley); the Poetics of High Modernist Abstraction (Krasner, Frankenhaler, Mitchell); Ecriture Feminine or Matrixiesse: Pre-feminist Moves in the 1960s (Spero, Hesse); Femininity, Feminism and the Politics of Representation in the 1970s (Kelly and Chicago).
Form of teaching
Seminars: 11 x 2 hours
Form of assessment
An essay of 4,000 - 6,000words to be submitted by the end of the first week of second term. (Essays should be 6,000 words maximum, including all bibliographies, footnotes and appendices)
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