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Undergraduate Course: Modern Art in Shanghai, 1840-1930 (HIAR10107)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will focus on four major themes: orthodox school and new media; urbanism and marketable art; foreign stimuli, and defining modernity. A variety of materials examined will include: traditional ink painting of various popular subjects, metal and stone studies, archaic calligraphy and seal carving, early photography, rubbing, lithography, pictorials on printed matters, newspaper illustration, colonial architecture, posters for calendar, theatre and the early cinema. The course will encourage the students to review art in its historical and social contexts, and address how artistic production and visual culture were shaped by the new urbanism in Shanghai, and the significance of the first metropolis city of China in the formation of a nation's modernity.
Course description Week 1: Painting Tradition in Shanghai before 1840; Definition of the Shanghai School
Week 2: Landscape Painting, Bird and Flower Painting
Week 3: Figure Painting
Week 4: Calligraphy, Epigraphy and Archaic Painting
Week 5: Forgery Making and the Shanghai Art Market
Week 6: Advertising Culture and the Shanghai Painting Style
Week 7: Art, Sexuality and Patronage
Week 8: Western Influence and Early Western Art Education in Shanghai.
Week 9: Early Photography and Cinema
Week 10: Colonial Architecture and Cityscape
Week 11: Debates about Art and Modernity
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: History of Art 2 (HIAR08012) OR Architectural History 2a: Order & the City (ARHI08006) AND Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City (ARHI08007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above, and we will only consider University/College level courses. **Please note that 3rd year History of Art courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  21
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 24, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2,000 word extended essay (50%)
One 24 hour online examination (50%)

Feedback In week 4, each student will submit their 1-page outline of essay plan; the written feedback on the outline will be provided in week 5, distributed to students in class.
In weeks 5-7, students will have a one-on-one meeting for their essay problems by appointment.
The final written feedback on their essay will be provided within 15 days of the essay submission. I will return the feedback through one-on-one meeting with each individual, to make sure that students understand the marks given.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)24 hour online examination paper0:05
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have acquired a basic knowledge of issues of visual representation, in an interdisciplinary context and other related approaches, methods and theories in art, in the context of the development of visual and material cultures of Shanghai in late 19th to early 20th century;
  2. Evaluate critically these approaches/theories, writing and current debates on the visual image;
  3. Have acquired a deeper knowledge of early modern urban culture and politics in China;
  4. Combine theoretical reflection with an understanding of changes and continuations in regional artistic traditions.
Reading List
Andrews, Julia and Kui-Yi Shen, A Century in Crisis - Modernity and Tradition in the Art of Twentieth Century China., New York: Guggenheim Museum and Abrams, 1998

Bergere , Marie-Claire; Janet Lloyed (Trans.), Shanghai: China's Gateway to Modernity, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010

Brown, C. and Chou, J. H. Transcending Turmoil-painting at the close of China's Empire 1796-1911, Phoenix: Phoenix Art Museum, 1992

Brook, Timothy and Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi eds., Opium Regimes: China, Britain and Japan, 1939-1952, Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 2000

Chou, Ju-Hsi ed. Art at the Close of China's Empire, Phoebus: Occasional Papers in Art History, vol. 8, 1998

Chung, Anita. Chinese Paintings from the Shanghai Museum 1851-1911, Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland Publishing, 2000

Clark, David. Modern Chinese Art, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000

Cochren, Sherman ed., Inventing Nanjing Road: Commercial Culture in Shanghai, 1900-1945, Ithaca, New York: East Asia Program, Connell University, 1999

Ellsworth, R. H. Later Chinese Painting and Calligraphy: 1800-1950, 2 vols., New York: Random House, 1987

Fong, Wen C. Between Two Cultures - Late Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Chinese Painting from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001

Goodman, Byron. Native Place, City and Nation: Regional network and identities in Shanghai 1853-1937, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.

Hearn, Maxwell K. and Judith G. Smith ed., Chinese Art: Modern Expressions, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001

Hershatter, Gail. Dangerous Pleasures: Prostitution and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Shanghai, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997

Jackson , Beverley, Shanghai Girl Gets All Dressed Up, Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2005

Kuo, Jason, Visual Culture in Shanghai, 1850s-1930s, Washington: New Academia Publishing, 2007

Laing, Ellen J., Selling Happiness: Calendar Posters and Visual Culture in Early Twentieth-Century Shanghai, Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 2004

Lee, Leo Ou-Fan, Shanghai Modern: The Flowering of a New Urban Culture in China, 1930-1945, Boston: Harvard University Press, 1999

Li, Chu-Tsing et al ed., Artists and Patrons: Some Social and Economic Aspects of Chinese Painting, Lawrence, Kansas: The Kress Foundation, Department of Art History, University of Kansas and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 1989.

Pan, Lynn, Shanghai Style: Art and Design Between the Wars, San Francisco: Long River Press, 2008

Reed, Christopher, Gutenberg in Shanghai: Chinese Print Capitalism, 1876-1937, Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 2004

Spence, Johnathan D. The Search for Modern China, New York, London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1990.

Vinograd, Richard E., Boundaries of the Self, Cambridge University Press, 1992

Wasserstrom, Jeffrey N., Global Shanghai, 1850-2010, London: Routledge, 2009

Yang, Chia-Ling, New Wine in Old Bottles -Art of Ren Bonian in Nineteent-Century Shanghai, London: Saffron, 2007

Yeh, Catherine, Shanghai Love: Courtesans, Intellectuals, and Entertainment Culture, 1850-1910, Washington D. C.: University of Washington Press, 2006

Yeh, Wen-Hsin, Shanghai Splendor: A Cultrual History, 1843-1949, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008

Ye, Xiaoqing. The Dianshizhai Pictorial - Shanghai Urban Life 1884-1898, Michigan: University of Michigan, 1998

Yue, Meng, Shanghai and the Edges of Empires, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2006

Zhang, Zhen, An Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Shanghai Cinema, 1896-1937, Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2006

Zhang, Yingjin, Cinema and Urban Culture in Shanghai, 1922-1943, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Chia-Ling Yang
Tel: (0131 6)51 1370
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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