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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Chinese Art and Modernity

Course Code:
154900167
Status:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of a course, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  1. that they have gained knowledge and understanding of the themes, issues and debates of Chinese art relating to: social contexts; processes of representation; and ways in which meaning is constituted, through in depth examples.
  2. that they are able to identify and compare different approaches to understanding art traditions in China.
  3. that they are able to assess critically the materials and themes explored in the course through the use of particular examples from China.
  4. that they have gained knowledge and understanding of the range of skills used in art history and to have developed independent study and research and presentation skills.

Workload

1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of tutorials per week.

Scope and syllabus

The course will provide an overview of developments in the visual arts of dynastic, modern and contemporary China. The course will focus primarily on the pictorial arts of calligraphy and painting, but will also relate these to changes in the broader culture. A core theme of the course is how aspects of modernity have shaped the field of Chinese art history; the artistic paradigms, boundaries and hierarchies of Chinese art; the canons of artworks we look at and how these objects are mounted, collected and displayed. Visits to museums to view galleries and exhibitions will be part of the course.

Syllabus

The course will provide an overview of developments in the visual arts in China during imperial and modern times, and will relate them to changes in the broader culture. The period to be studied will be drawn from one or more of the following:

  • Pre-Tang period (4th-7th c.) and Tang dynasty (618-906)
  • Song dynasty (960-1279)
  • Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
  • Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
  • Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
  • Republican period (1911-)
  • People’s Republic (1949-)
  • Contemporary art (since 1980)

Method of assessment

 Essay of 2,500 words = 15%, 1 Essay of 2,500 words = 15%, Exam = 70%