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Undergraduate Course: Breaking Frames: Women in Dada and Surrealism (HIAR10135)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryCritical 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 description Not entered
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
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) 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 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay - Critical analysis (details to be outlined in assessment): 2,500 words: 50%
Essay submission date given at start of the course

1 x 24 hour online exam: 50%

Feedback Formative Feedback: information given at start of course.
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. Demonstrate advanced knowledge about key issues associated with women artists, positions within dada and surrealist histories.
  2. Examine works and their construction in critical texts and exhibitions to discuss issues surrounding notions such as canonicity, history, tradition, and originality.
  3. Critically evaluate the works of women artists in the traditions studied.
  4. Express their ideas and understanding effectively in written and oral form.
Reading List
Primary Texts
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:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDada,Surrealism,women artists,revolution,art theory,feminism
Course organiserDr Patricia Allmer
Tel: (0131 6)51 3113
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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