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Unit information: Art in Britain (Level I Lecture Response Unit) in 2015/16

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Unit name Art in Britain (Level I Lecture Response Unit)
Unit code HART20024
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Brockington
Open unit status Open




School/department Department of History of Art (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

In recent decades there has been a renaissance in British art studies, turning an art-historical backwater into a hot-spot of academic debate. The unit draws on this recent wave of scholarship to examine the development of art in Britain, and its struggle to assert itself in the international art world. Topics may include the emergence of a national school; questions concerning art and internationalism in Britain, including cosmopolitanism, the assimilation of foreign artists, the export of British art, and responses to art from overseas; the significance of certain genres to the British tradition, such as landscape and the Conversation Piece; art criticism and aesthetics; the art market; galleries and collections; education, including the practice of training abroad; locality – regional variation and the dominance of London; and groupings and movements. The time period under discussion may vary from year to year.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will have developed: (1) a wider knowledge of the development of British Art; (2) the ability to analyse and generalise about the significance of developments in British art studies; (3) the ability to select pertinent evidence/data in order to illustrate/demonstrate more general issues and arguments; (4) the ability to identify a particular academic interpretation, evaluate it critically, and form an individual viewpoint.

Teaching Information

1 x 2-hour interactive lecture per week.

Assessment Information

One summative coursework essay of 3000 words (50%) and one unseen examination of two hours (50%). Both elements will assess ILOs 1-4.

Reading and References

Arnold, Dana, and David Peters Corbett, eds, A companion to British art: 1600 to the present, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Cheetham, Mark A., Artwriting, nation, and cosmopolitanism in Britain :the 'Englishness' of English art theory since the eighteenth century, Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, c2012.

Corbett, David Peters, Ysanne Holt and Fiona Russell, The geographies of Englishness: landscape and the national past, 1880-1940, New Haven, Conn., London : Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art [and] The Yale Center for British Art [by] Yale University Press, 2002.

Stephens, Chris, ed., The history of British art.1870 – Now, New Haven, Conn.: Yale Center for British Art : Tate Britain, c2008.

Tickner, Lisa, Modern life & modern subjects: British art in the early twentieth century, New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2000.