Undergraduate Course: Narrative and Storytelling in South Asian Art, from Antiquity to Modernity (HIAR10147)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Narrative and storytelling has been central to South Asian art and expressive culture since antiquity and continues as lived tradition. The course will offer a cross-chronological insight into the form and meaning of narrative using examples from various media (painting, sculpture, architecture, metalwork, textiles) to understand the continuities and changes that have shaped South Asian art as we know it. The subjects range from Buddhist reliefs on relic mounds to Hindu gods carved on temple walls, Sanskrit and Persian epics and tales in illustrated manuscripts to Imperial albums of the Mughal court, nationalist as well as tribal art from the subcontinent. The course will be supported by study sessions in the University of Edinburgh Archives and visits to the collections in the National Museum of Scotland and the Royal Botanical Garden.
This course will look at the methodologies and forms of narrative in the visual arts from ancient, medieval, modern and present-day South Asia. Specific case studies will address how the concept appears within Buddhist art, Hindu temple sculpture, illustrated manuscripts, trade textiles, Mughal albums, popular 'bazaar' art, painted scrolls and tribal works offering an insight into the stories, artistic styles, and iconographic traditions integral to these works. It will consider the use of 'narrativity' as a mode of art historical analysis in South Asia and the problems and opportunities afforded in its use.
This course will introduce key stories connected with religious figures, epics, folk tales and oral histories from the subcontinent. The final component of the course will look at narrative in contemporary South Asian art and museum practice.
Active participation in the seminar will be encouraged through informal presentations and readings of key texts. Early in the process students will be directed to take up independent research on specific artworks which they can feed into their presentations and papers. The course will be supported by visits to the University of Edinburgh archives, National Museum of Scotland and other area collections.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- On completion of this course, the student will be able to: Demonstrate a good understanding of the styles, concepts and ideas within narrative art from South Asia from antiquity to modernity.
- Demonstrate knowledge of at least one major South Asian story, its associated narrative art, and its art historical and social significance.
- Demonstrate skills for historical, formal and critical analysis of South Asian art, bringing in original research where possible.
- Demonstrate an awareness and an understanding of the role of narrative and storytelling in everyday life vs. museum practice.
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||To develop sound knowledge and critical appreciation of key objects of South Asian art.
Ability to apply knowledge and develop original approaches for subject specific research.
|Keywords||Narrative,Storytelling,Indian art,South Asian art,Buddhist,Hindu,Indo-Islamic
|Course organiser||Dr Yuthika Sharma
|Course secretary||Mrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460