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Undergraduate Course: Dada and Surrealism: The Shattered Subject (HIAR10104)

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 offers a broad survey of Dada and Surrealism, two hugely influential international art movements of the twentieth century. Emphasising the important links between these movements, this course also examines essential differences through analysis of their philosophical, ideological and political positions. A range of Dadaist and Surrealist practices will be considered, from performance to literary texts, ¿found¿ objects and Readymades, automatism in writing and painting, dance, collage, film, photography and the ¿dream¿ painting. This will provide the starting point for wider critical reflection on thematic issues including ¿anti-art¿, cultural politics, psychoanalysis and sexuality. Much of the literature on these movements has emphasised the significant of seminal male figures to the detriment of their equally prolific female counterparts; as a result, this course encompasses the work of a wider range of artists in order to provide a more balanced understanding of the evolution of Dada and Surrealism. Accordingly, the contribution of figures such as Sophie Taeuber, Hannah Höch, Dorothea Tanning and Frida Kahlo will be explored in detail.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: History of Art 2A Reason, Romance, Revolution: Art from 1700 to 1900 (HIAR08027) AND History of Art 2B From Modernism and the Avant-Gardes to Postmodernism and Globalisation (HIAR08028) 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 at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
* Students will acquire knowledge of important artists and artworks and key artistic issues and debates from the early decades of the twentieth century.
* Students will come to appreciate the revolutionary ideals which drove key innovations in artistic making in the early decades of the twentieth century, and will be equipped to perceive and analyse the ways in which Dada and Surrealist forms and ideas continue to underpin later twentieth-century and contemporary art.
* Students will develop the ability to perceive and argue for connections across a range of artistic practices.
* Students will gain confidence in handling a range of theoretically sophisticated methodologies.

Students will develop their existing abilities to:
* Look closely at works of art;
* Read difficult texts skilfully and with understanding;
* Analyze ideas and arguments successfully;
* Present their own ideas clearly and well in writing and in debate;
* Prepare and organize their work effectively to deadlines.
Reading List
Hans Richter, Dada: Art and Anti-Art (London: Thames and Hudson, 1978).

Leah Dickerman and Brigid Doherty, Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris (New York: Distributed Art Publications, 2008).

Dawn Ades ed., The Dada Reader: A Critical Anthology (Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press, 2006).

Robert Motherwell ed., The Dada Painters and Poets (New York: Wittenborn, 1951).

William Camfield, Marcel Duchamp: Fountain (Houston Fine Art Press, 1989).

Hal Foster, Prosthetic Gods (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2004).

Leah Dickerman ed., The Dada Seminars (National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2005).

Rosalind Krauss and Jane Livingstone, L'amour fou (London: Abbeville Press, 1985).

Ian Walker, City gorged with dreams (Manchester University Press, 2002).

André Breton, Nadja trans. Richard Howard (1928; New York: Grove Press, 1960).

André Breton, Manifestos of Surrealism, trans. Richard Seaver and Helen R. Lane (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1972).

André Breton, Surrealism and Painting, trans. Simon Watson Tyler (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2002).

Dawn Ades, Dada and Surrealism Reviewed (London: Arts Council, 1978).

Lucy Lippard ed., Surrealists on Art (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1971).

Whitney Chadwick, Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement (London: Thames and Hudson, 1985).

Lewis Kachur, Displaying the Marvellous: Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí and Surrealist Exhibition Installations (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2001).

Mathew Gale, Dada and Surrealism (London: Phaidon, 1997).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Allan Madden
Course secretaryMr Nathan Ross-Hammond
Tel: (0131 6)51 5880
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