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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF2118 Victorian Art and the Bourgeois

20 creditsClass Size: 32

Module manager: Ben Read
Email: B.W.Read@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will look at Victorian art in the context of recent re-readings. It will examine how the newly-enfranchised middle classes impacted on art production, helping define the types of art that flourished within the institutions of Victorian Britain. It will examine treatments of the nude, history, narrative and commemoration in painting and sculpture. Key areas covered will include the decoration of the Houses of Parliament, the Pre-Raphaelites, the Neo-Classicists (Leighton, Alma-Tadema), Symbolism (Burne-Jones, Waterhouse) and public statuary.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should:
- be able to undertake a critical analysis of visual and textual documentation relating to the history of Victorian art and its political, economic and cultural contexts;
- be able to deduce the layers of meaning in the narratives of works of art and recognise the political and formal implications in the sphere of public art;
- be able to recognise a shift from literay allusion to art for art's sake.

Skills outcomes
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument
- Participation in group discussions
- Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual and visual information
- Using bibliographies.


Syllabus

This module will look at Victorian art in the context of recent re-readings. It will examine how the newly-enfranchised middle classes impacted on art production, helping define the types of art that flourished within the institutions of Victorian Britain. It will examine treatments of the nude, history, narrative and commemoration in painting and sculpture.

Key areas covered will include the decoration of the Houses of Parliament, the Pre-Raphaelites, the Neo-Classicists (Leighton, Alma-Tadema), Symbolism (Burne-Jones, Waterhouse) and public statuary.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture101.0010.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

180 hours - comprised of weekly reading, seminar presentation preparation, researching and writing essays.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Oral presentation, engagement in class discussion.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,500 - 3,000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/05/2010

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