French Visual History (MLF1121)

15 credits

This module introduces you to key elements of French visual history, using art, architecture and other artefacts as a means of discovering the social, political and aesthetic history of France. It assumes no prior knowledge of the subject – merely an enthusiasm for the visual. You will become familiar with French cultural history from the seventeenth century to the present, looking at artefacts in the context in which they were produced and assessing their significance. You will explore a range of procedures by which meaning is created visually and will assess the extent to which visual history can be challenged and rewritten.