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Postgraduate Course: Women Artists and Surrealism (HIAR11125)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA course examining the critical role of women artists in the international Surrealist art movement.
Course description This seminar-based course focuses critical attention on women artists working in Surrealism and its 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
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 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 4000 word essay 100% - submitted weeks 8-11
Feedback Students are given feedback on FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT as follows:
Students will submit a mid-semester essay plan (c.500 words) and annotated preliminary bibliography. Written feedback on the student plans will be provided with the opportunity for a one-to-one follow-up meeting.

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT: Written feedback on student essays will be provided, in addition to the opportunity for a one-to-one meeting towards the end of semester.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the work of a range of women artists working within Surrealism and its traditions.
  2. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of key developments and debates in the field of Surrealism and its traditions, with a particular focus on gender.
  3. Demonstrate some measure of independence in analysing the ways in which women artists contributed to Surrealism and its traditions.
  4. Critically examine the ways in which scholarship of Surrealism has represented women artists.
Reading List
Allmer, Patricia (2022). The Traumatic Surreal: Germanophone Women Artists and Surrealism after the Second World War, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Allmer, Patricia (ed.) (2016). Intersections: Women Artists/Surrealism/Modernism, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Allmer, Patricia (ed) (2009). Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism. (exhibition cat) London: Prestel.
Pfeiffer, Ingrid (ed.) (2020). Fantastic Women: Surreal Worlds from Meret Oppenheim to Louise Bourgeois. (exhibition cat) Berlin: Hirmer.
Rosemont, Penelope (1998). Surrealist Women: An International Anthology, London: Athlone Press.
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;
KeywordsSurrealism,Avant-Garde,Gender,Women Artists
Course organiserProf Patricia Allmer
Tel: (0131 6)51 3113
Course secretary Yijia Chen
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