Undergraduate Course: Breaking Frames: Women in Dada and Surrealism (HIAR10135)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Critical versions of dada and surrealism are still male-dominated. This course refocuses critical attention on women artists breaking the frames of these traditions. Introductory sessions will explore the positioning of women in critical writings and landmark exhibitions. Subsequent sessions will offer broadly chronological case studies of works by selected women artists in order to open the critical tradition to debate and analysis, and to introduce students to oeuvres, works, and artists both marginal and currently undergoing critical reassessment. Lectures will establish general contexts and introduce theoretical frameworks through exemplary readings; seminar discussion will develop closer analysis of general themes and individual works. A gallery visit will enable students to examine the exhibition of original works by women explored during the course.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Essay - Critical analysis (details to be outlined in assessment): 2,500 words: 50%
Essay submitted at the end of the course
1 x 2 hour exam: 50%
||Midpoint Feedback: 1 page essay outline to be submitted by week 5. In week 6, 10 minutes per student one-to-one feedback session on the outline
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Theory Exam||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge about key issues associated with women artists, positions within dada and surrealist histories.
- Examine works and their construction in critical texts and exhibitions to discuss issues surrounding notions such as canonicity, history, tradition, and originality.
- Critically evaluate the works of women artists in the traditions studied.
- Express their ideas and understanding effectively in written and oral form.
Allmer, Patricia (ed) (2009). Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism. (exhibition cat) London: Prestel.
Caws, Mary Ann, Kuenzli, Rudolf, and Raaberg, Gwen (1991). Surrealism and Women, Cambridge, MA & London: MIT Press.
Hemus, Ruth (2009). Dada┐s Women, New Haven & London: Yale University Press.
Jones, Amelia (2004). Irrational Modernism: A Neuraesthenic History of New York Dada, Cambridge, MA & London: The MIT Press.
Rosemont, Penelope (1998). Surrealist Women: An International Anthology, London: Athlone Press.
October, online at: EbscoHost; JSTOR
Woman┐s Art Journal, online at: JSTOR
Papers of Surrealism: http://www.surrealismcentre.ac.uk/papersofsurrealism/
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Dada,Surrealism,women artists,revolution,art theory,feminism
|Course organiser||Dr Patricia Allmer
Tel: (0131 6)51 3113
|Course secretary||Mrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460