ART H 309
This course considers nineteenth-century Western art in the context of the major European powers’ quest for empire in North Africa, West and South Asia (in particular, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, India). The course is organized thematically to consider the diverse European constructions of the “Orient” primarily through the work of British and French painters such as Ingres, Delacroix, Gérôme, J. F. Lewis, William Holman Hunt and David Roberts, among many others. Topics to be explored include issues related to imperialism, gender and sexuality, depiction of sacred sites, portraiture and cross-cultural dressing, race and ethnography, museum exhibitions, World’s Fairs, advertisements, popular media, and the counter-narratives of indigenous artists.
Student learning goals
Class discussion and assignments will help students develop an understanding of common art historical terms and methods of visual analysis as well as encourage critical thinking in regard to how images from the era of nineteenth-century colonialism operate/d in the broader culture.
General method of instruction
A background in nineteenth-century history or art history will be helpful but is not required. Students from disciplines other than art history are welcome.
Class assignments and grading
There is no required text for this class; weekly reading assignments will be available online.
Grading will be based on the mid-term and final exams and one 7-10 page research paper.