Undergraduate Course: Europe 1900: Nationalism and Decadence at the Fin-De-Siecle (HIAR10029)
||School of Arts, Culture and Environment
||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area
||History of Art
||Other subject area
||Taught in Gaelic?
||The course will cover the period c.1885-1910. This is an exciting field with an increasingly challenging bibliography. The course deals with a wide variety of media - painting, drawings, prints, posters, sculpture, and to a certain extent the decorative arts - in a variety of primarily western European countries, including France, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, and Austria-Hungary. This range introduces art in unfamiliar countries and by little known artists. The course is organised around themes. Nationalism, internationalism, and regionalism are considered as rivals and counterparts; the notions of centres (e.g. Paris) and peripheries (e.g. Switzerland and Scandinavia, via Hodler, Gallen-Kallela, and Hammershoi) is also considered. Different nations' rivalries over the classical tradition is a key area (Puvis de Chavannes, Gustave Moreau, Cezanne, Von Stuck). Public health and its counterpoint, decadence (Toulouse-Lautrec, De Feure), is dealt with, particularly with reference to the social Darwinism which was such a prevalent contemporary discourse. Both these themes link with notions of city and country, the former growing and becoming dangerous (Kollwitz), the latter seen increasingly as a repository of nostalgic values (Zorn). Spirituality was widely acknowledged to be a fin-de-sicle concern, and this is considered not only in relation to explicitly Christian art (Corinth, Maurice Denis) but also to Theosophy (Mondrian, Kandinsky, Kupka), which encouraged artists to find new expression in abstraction. Music is also considered, as an 'abstract' form capable of expressing deep emotion and also a vehicle for nationalism (Klinger, Klimt). Finally, the course plays off artist's fascination with modernity and its articulation as anxiety (Ensor, Munch, Spilliaert).
Information for Visiting Students
||Visiting students should have at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
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Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1)
||WebCT enabled: Yes
|Central||Tutorial||1-11|| 09:00 - 10:50|
||Week 1, Monday, 09:00 - 10:50, Zone: Central. Geddes Room Minto House |
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Europe 1900: Nationalism and Decadence at the Fin-De-Siecle||2:00||16 sides|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|Students taking this course will hone close skills of picture analysis, based on the close study of objects both in the classroom and on a gallery visit. They will get a fuller understanding of the social history of art. In particular, they will be encouraged to think in interdisciplinary terms, and to key the making of images into historical processes. In terms of learning they will be encouraged to explore periodical literature and to read critically and widely. All students will be expected not only to prepare for classes, whether giving a paper or not, but also to contribute in an informed way to discussion.
|1 two hour examination paper (50%) and 1 extended essay (50%)
||Prof Richard Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4125
||Mrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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