Revolutions! Art and Society in France, 1770-1848 (AHV2012)
|Staff||Dr Camille Mathieu - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
For the most part we will use case studies of artists, studios, and their painted production to think about the ways in which political ideology and historical circumstances can be traced in the art historical record. The module encourages students to think broadly about art—as a festival performance, as a commemorative banner for a fallen martyr, as a cheap coloured print of a headless Louis XVI—as evidence of social revolution. We will challenge the easy assumption that art simply illustrates life without commenting on it. In a period when artists were also politicians—David was on the Revolutionary Committee of Public Safety and Courbet headed up the President of the Federation of Artists in the Paris commune—cultural production becomes unescapably political.
This module aims to help you develop your skills in researching, interpreting, and analysing both primary and secondary material, with a special emphasis on the interpretation of images—painting, drawing, caricature, prints, and some architecture and sculpture. It provides you with an opportunity to explore broadly the permanence (and symbiosis!) of ideas of Revolution and Empire in Modern France, and it helps you to develop the depth of understanding you will require to study more specialised areas of history.
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Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Lectures (11 x 2Hr)|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Seminars (11 x 2Hr)|
|Guided independent study||256||Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay Plan||500 words||1-9, 11||Verbal and written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||30||3000 words||1-9, 11||Verbal and written|
|Group Presentation||20||25 Minutes||1-11||Verbal and written|
|Exam||50||2 hours||1-9, 11||Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||1000-word write up with images or notes and power point as for individual presentation, equivalent to 10 minutes of material||1-9, 11||Referral/Deferral period|
|Group Presentation||1000-word write up with images or notes and power point as for individual presentation, equivalent to 10 minutes of material||1-11||Referral/Deferral period|
|Exam||1-9, 11||Referral/Deferral period|
The re-assessment consists of a 3,000 word essay and 2-hour exam, as in the original assessment, but replaces participation in the group presentation with a written script that could be delivered in such a presentation and which is the equivalent of 10 minutes of speech.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Scott, Katie. The Rococo Interior. Decoration and Social Spaces in Early Eighteenth-Century Paris, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1995
Crow, Thomas. Emulation:Making Artists for Revolutionary France. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.
Hunt, Lynn. The Family Romance of the French Revolution. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992.
Grigsby, Darcy Grimaldo. Extremities: Painting Empire in Post-Revolutionary France. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002
Ozouf, Mona. Festivals and the French Revolution. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1988.
Ledbury, Mark, ed. David after David: Essays on the Later Work. New Haven: Yale University Press,2002.
Clark, Tim. Image of the People: Gustave Courbet and the 1848 Revolution. Berkeley: UC Press, 1982.
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France, Ancien regime, revolution, napoleon, restoration, painting