Key Concepts and Classic Texts in History and Philosophy of Art - HA838

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 30 (15) DR J Friday
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7 30 (15)




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This module will introduce you to key concepts that are central to understand fundamental debates in history and philosophy of art as well as art criticism. Some examples of key concepts are the notion of originality, influence, race, the aesthetic, fiction, beauty, gender and taste. The key concepts discussed in the seminars are subject to change.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 36
Private Study Hours: 264
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Essay (4,000 words) – 80%
Portfolio (2,000 words) – 20%

Indicative reading

Barthes, R., (2000). Camera Lucida. London: Vintage
Baxandall, M., (1985). Patterns of Intention: On the Historical Explanation of Pictures. New Haven: Yale University Press
Danto, A.C., (1981). The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press
Gombrich, E.H., (2000). Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation. Princeton: Princeton University Press
Schapiro, M., (1994). Theory and Philosophy of Art: Style, Artist and Society, New York: G. Braziller
Walton, K., (1990). Mimesis as Make-Believe: On the Foundations of Representational Art, Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press
Wollheim, R., (1987). Painting as an Art. London: Thames & Hudson

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of and familiarity with basic key concepts and some classic texts in history and philosophy of art;
- Demonstrate knowledge of conceptual tools and the appropriate methodology necessary for independent art historical and philosophical engagement in these areas;
- Demonstrate their ability to develop argument, engage critically with relevant literature, and contextualise issues and materials within the framework of contemporary art historical and art theoretical thought.

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