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Unit information: Writing for Art in 2021/22

Unit name Writing for Art
Unit code ENGLM3018
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Tamsin Badcoe
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will explore the relationship between writing and visual art, from 1800 to the present. Topics will include the relation between text and image, the notion of reading a painting, the rivalry that exists between the ‘sister arts’, notions of temporality, questions of aesthetics (beauty and truth), writing that has inspired paintings, the figure of the artist, notions of ‘realism’ and representation, Greek sculpture and Romantic writing, Pre-Raphaelitism, the Victorians and the Renaissance, Aestheticism, Imagism, photography and literature. Authors to be studied may include: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde, H.D., Virginia Woolf, W. H. Auden, Randall Jarrell, Susan Sontag and Ali Smith. Aims: To introduce students to the multiform relations between literature and the plastic arts; to encourage students to explore the theory of such relations; and to focus upon specific author and subject-based examples. Students will be given the opportunity to submit a draft or outline of their final, summative essay of up to 1,500 words and to receive feedback on this.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will have become familiar with a wide-range of examples of the relations between literature and the plastic arts, and with the body of theory written in response to such work. They will be able to offer critical analysis of such work within an interdisciplinary framework of literature and art.

Teaching Information

Teaching will involve asynchronous and synchronous elements, including group discussion, research and writing activities, and peer dialogue. Students are expected to engage with the reading and participate fully with the weekly tasks and topics. Learning will be further supported through the opportunity for individual consultation.

Assessment Information

  • 1 x 5000 word essay (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
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