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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Theory and Method in the Study of Asian and African Art

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Year 1
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Full Year
This course is designed to introduce you to some of the central issues of theory and method relating to the study of art and archaeology of Asia and Africa. It requires the student to read, to attend lectures and seminars, and to take an active part in discussing the ideas and concepts encountered there.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The course will provide the student  with the exposure to a very wide range of material, and to many different voices, who do not all agree with one another. You will not end up with a single method for understanding the subject, but instead you will have a familiarity with some of the main issues and arguments, which you will be expected to be able to apply throughout the remainder of your degree course. 

Method of assessment

3 coursework exercises of 2,000 words each = 40%, exam=60%

Suggested reading

  • Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn, Archaeology: Theories, methods and practice 4th edition (London, 2004)
  • Donald Preziosi, The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology (Oxford & New York, 1998)
  • Eric Fernie ed., Art History and its Methods: a Critical Anthology (London, 1995)
  • Catherine King ed., Views of Difference: Different Views of Art (New Haven and London, 1999)