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Undergraduate Course: Orientalism and Visual Culture (HIAR10119)

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
SummaryThis course introduces students to topics associated with the dissemination and interpretation of Asian art in Europe, America and Asia. Through the analysis of works of art, educational material and the art markets, students will explore how each of these regions engaged differently with the arts and cultures of Asia.
Course description The transmission and dissemination of Asian art to Europe and America in the nineteenth century brought forth a new wave of cultural creativity. With a budding interest in the arts of Asia, the West responded with the creation of specialised language and educational material to guide the populace on approaching these new works. This surge of scholarship from western institutions was supported and enhanced by art dealers, artists and scholars from Asia, who brought an even deeper understanding of their cultures. This course will examine the role both parties played in the development of a greater appreciation for the arts of Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Through group work, class discussions and digital tours of galleries/UNESCO sites, students will learn about works of art from China, Korea and Japan. This interaction will then build into discussions on how, when and where art from Asia came to America and Europe and the people who facilitated this movement. From these developments students will observe the impact Asian art had on European and American art and culture, as well as how this, in turn, affected the arts in Asia.
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
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) 1 x take home examination paper (50%) and 1 x 2,000 word extended essay (50%)
Feedback Formative Assessment: Students submit a short essay mid-way through the semester. Students will be given written feedback on this within 15 days of the hand-in date. Students are expected to reflect on the given feedback and submit a paragraph with a list of intended action points.

Students will give one 10-minute presentation in the semester. They will be given verbal feedback on this in a meeting following the seminar.

Essay Feedback: Students submit a 2,500-word essay towards the end of the semester. They will be given written feedback on this within 15 days of the hand-in date.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)24 hour online exam paper0:05
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the defining features of the cross-cultural transmission of Asian art and culture
  2. Describe and explain the relationship between representations of the Asian continent and issues of power
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of postcolonial theory and theories of cultural translation
  4. Apply theoretical concepts to analyses of European and American representations of Asia and Asian representations of Europe/America
  5. Communicate (verbally and in writing) issues surrounding American and European representations of Asia
Reading List
Apter, Emily, 'Female Trouble in the Colonial Harem,' Differences 4, no.1 (spring 1992) pp.205-24.

Avcioglu, Nebahat, Turquerie. Politics of Representation, 1728-1876 (Ashgate, 2011)

Beaulieu, Jill and Roberts, Mary, Orientalism's Interlocutors: Painting, Architecture, Photography (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002)

Benjamin, R., Orientalism: Delacroix to Klee (Sydney, 1997)

Bernstein, M. and Studlar, G. (eds.), Visions of the East. Orientalism in Film (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1997)

Clark, Steve, ed., Travel Writing and Empire: Postcolonial Theory in Transit (London, 1999)

Çelik, Zynep, Displaying the Orient: Architecture of Islam at Nineteenth-century World's Fairs (Berkely; Oxford: University of California Press, 1992)

James Clifford, The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature and Art (London, 1988)

Crinson, Mark, Empire Building. Orientalism and Victorian Architecture (London, 1996)

Darby, Michael, The Islamic Perspective: An Aspect of British Architecture and Design in the Nineteenth Century (London, 1983).

Ferry, K., 'Owen Jones and the Alhambra Court at the Crystal Palace', in Anderson, G. and Rosser-Owen (eds.) Revisiting al-Andalus: Perspectives on the Material Culture of Islamic Iberia and Beyond (Leiden: Bril 2007)

Hrvol Flores, C., Owen Jones. Design, Ornament, Architecture, and Theory in an Age in Transition (New York, 2006)

Inankur, Z., Lewis, R. and Roberts, M. (eds), The Poetics and Politics of Place, Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism (Washington: Washington University Press, 2011)

Kennedy, Valery, Edward Said: a critical introduction (Malden, Mass., 2000)

Gerardo Kurtz, 'Charles Clifford and the Alhambra', Images in Time. A Century of Photography at the Alhambra 1840-1940 (Granada: Patronato de Granada, 2003)

MacKenzie, John, Orientalism: History, Theory and the Arts (Manchester, 1995)

Gayangos, Pascual, History of the Mohammedan Dynasties in Spain [1840-3], new edition with an introduction by Michael Brett (London, Royal Asiatic Society, 2000)

Grimaldo Grigsby, Darcy, 'Orients and Colonies. Delacroix's Algerian Harem' in The Cambridge Companion to Delacroix, Cambridge, pp.69-87.

Grimaldo Grigsby, Darcy, Extremities: Painting Empire in Post-Revolutionary France, New Haven and London, 2002

Irving, Washington, Tales of the Alhambra, Granada [1832], ed. 1953
Tales of a Traveller, ed. 1987
Journal of Washington Irving: 1828, and miscellaneous notes on Moorish legend and history, New York, ed. 1937

Heide, Claudia, 'The Alhambra in Britain. Between Foreignisation and
Domestication', Art in Translation, July 2010
'The Dream of the South', in Baker, C. (ed.), The Discovery of Spain (National Galleries of Scotland, 2009)

Pascual de Gayangos: A Nineteenth-century Spanish Arabist, co-edited with C. Alvarez-Millan (Edinburgh University Press, 2008)

Kenney, L. and Çelik, Z, 'Ethnography and Exhibitionism at the Expositions Universelles', Assemblage (December 1990): 35-58.

Lewis, Reina, Gendering Orientalism, London, New York, 1996

Mitchell, Timothey, 'Orientalism and the Exhibitionary Order' [1989] in Preziosi (ed.), The Art of Art History, 1998, pp.455-472

Monroe, T, Islam and the Arabs in Spanish Scholarship, Leiden, 1970

Raquejo, 'The Arab Cathedrals: Moorish Architecture as seen by British Travellers', in The Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, no 1001, August 1986, pp. 555-563 (available online on )

Said, E., Orientalism, London, 1978 1st edition (second 1991)
'Orientalism Reconsidered' in Cultural Critique, no 1, Autumn 1985, 89-107 (available online:
Culture and Imperialism, 1993

Richardson, Alan, Three Oriental Tales. Complete texts with introduction, historical contexts, critical essays, Boston, 2002

Richardson, Michael, Otherness in Hollywood Cinema (Continuum, 2010)

Roberts, Mary, Edges of Empire. Orientalism and Visual Culture (John Wiley and
Sons, 2005)
Intimate Outsiders, The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Literature (Duke University Press, 2008)

Slemon, Stephen, 'The Scramble for Post-colonialism', The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, Helen Tiffin, eds., pp.45-52

Stevens, Mary ed., The Orientalists: Delacroix to Matisse. European Painters in North Africa and the Near East (London, Royal Academy, 1984)

Sweetman, John, The Oriental Obsession (Cambridge, 1991)

Tawardos, Çeylan, 'Foreign Bodies: Art History and the Discourse of Nineteenth-Century Orientalist Art' Third Text, nos.3/4, spring/summer 1988

Thompson, James ed., The East Imagined, Experienced, Remembered: Orientalist Nineteenth-Century Painting, National Museum of Ireland, 1988

Thornton, Lynn, The Orientalists: Painter Travellers 1828-1908, Paris, 1983

Tromans, Nicholas, The Lure of the East. British Orientalist Painting (London: Tate Publishing, 2008

Windschuttle, Keith, 'Orientalism Revisited', New Criterion 1999. (

Yeazell, Ruth Bernard, Harems of the Minds (Yale, 2000)

Young, Robert, Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race, 1995

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Course organiserMr Colin Brady
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
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