Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
Object, Archive, Historia
This module is available as an elective
The present complexity in the social history and theory of art is due, in part, to the fact that over the last twenty years or so it has had to question its purpose as a discipline and come to terms with its appropriation of innovative work not only from Marxism but also from linguistics, psychoanalysis, philosophy and epistemology, feminism and gender politics and so on. By the completion of this module, students will have been introduced to various ways in which the history and theory of art connect with the actual work of art and how, at the present moment in the development of the discipline, it and its history might be researched and written.
The course concentrates on three key issues: 1) The object - how the art historian might go about apprehending the actual work, see it and understand it for what it is; 2) The archive - how the ensemble of discourses that counts as knowledge about and relevant to explaining the work of art might be constituted and read; 3) Historia - how the historian might best conceive and construct a narrative of the history of the work of art that is his or her object of study.
Form of teaching
Seminars: 11 x 3 hours; Tutorials: 1 pre-essay and as needed; Practical: Trips to see works of art under study in the course may be incorporated.
Form of assessment
1 x 4000-6000 word essay
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