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Undergraduate Course: Feminist Avant-gardes of the 1970s (HIAR10200)

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 explores feminist avant-gardes of the 1970s in an international range of contexts. The course is structured as a series of two-hour sessions consisting of introductory lectures followed by seminars. The sessions will focus each week on different artists working in a variety of media and across different national and feminist contexts.
Course description 'Feminist avant-gardes of the 1970s' encompasses a range of women artists who overturned male-centred notions of the avant-garde and established radical new visions of how art can be political. This course examines women artists (including for example ORLAN, Renate Bertlmann, and Betye Saar) of different nationalities, working in a variety of media ranging from painting and photography to film and performance. (Artists covered may change from year to year.) Focussing on detailed readings of individual works and oeuvres in relation to contemporary political and cultural events and contexts and theoretical statements by artists and critics, we will explore and analyse the diverse aesthetic practices of these artists and examine their philosophical and political critiques of gender, race, and class. The course will include film showings and guest speakers, and seminars will be student- and discussion led.
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)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs £10-£20
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
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward 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) 1 x 2000 word essay 50% - submitted weeks 8-10
1 x 3-hour online exam 50%
Feedback Students are given feedback on FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT as follows:
Mid-Point Feedback: You will submit a one-page essay outline by week 5. This is intended to give you adequate time to make use of the feedback prior to assessment at the end of the course. Feedback will be given in Week 6, in the form of a 15 minutes per student one-to-one (online or in-person) session on your outline.

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT: There will be an essay and an exam, equally weighted. Written feedback on student essays will be provided.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)3 hour online examination3:15
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate skills of visual analysis and interpretation by looking in detail at key works by a representative range of feminist artists of the 1970s;
  2. Analyse the way in which avant-garde artists engaged with and critiqued political and philosophical assumptions of the period;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a variety of feminist avant-garde aesthetic practices and their political and philosophical implications;
  4. Critically examine the ways in which artworks engage with and comment on social contexts and events;
  5. Apply developed skills of analysis, communication, and organisation.
Reading List
John H. Bracey Jr., Sonia Sanchez, and James Smethurst, SOS-Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader, Amhurst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2014.

Cornelia Butler, Lisa Gabrielle Mark (eds.) WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2007.

Hilary Robinson (ed.), Feminism Art Theory: An Anthology 1968-2014, 2nd edition, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2015.

Gabriele Schor, Feminist Avant-Garde: Art of the 1970s. The VERBUND Collection, Vienna. London and Munich: Prestel, 2022.

Michele Wallace and Gina Dent (eds), Black Popular Culture: A Project by Michele Wallace, Seattle: Bay Press, 1993.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Visual and critical analysis; Clear thinking and the development of an argument; Independent research; Presentation and communication skills; Organisation and planning.
KeywordsFeminism,avant-garde,women artists,1970s,politics,representation,critique,gender,class,race
Course organiserProf Patricia Allmer
Tel: (0131 6)51 3113
Course secretary Yijia Chen
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