The module explores the continually changing nature and role of art and artistic expression in society. Bringing together perspectives from history, economics, religious studies, music, literature, politics, history of art, and film studies, this module explores how art has reacted to, anticipated, or prompted revolutionary moments in which established power structures were altered, dismantled, or supplanted. The module is structured in a broadly chronological order, extending from 1789 to 2011, and considers artistic expression in relation to four revolutions of global significance: the French Revolution (1789-1815), the Russian Revolution (1917-1932), the Iranian Revolution (1979), and the 'Arab Spring' revolutions (2011).
Principal Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module, students will be expected to:
- Understand the ways in which artistic expression has positioned itself in relation to revolutionary events;
- Examine in-depth the historical contexts of each revolution and relate them to specific artistic productions;
- Explore the political and social contexts of each revolution and understand how they impacted on artistic production;
- Critically analyse specific artistic productions by deploying an appropriate theoretical framework;
- Compare artistic productions from various eras and in different parts of the world, and attempt to theorise their contributions.
Term 1 Week 1 — Introduction: Art & Revolution 1789-1932
Weeks 2-5 —The French Revolution (1789-1815)
Weeks 6-9 —The Russian Revolution (1917-1932)
Week 10 — Critical Reflection
Week 1 -- Introduction: Art & Revolution 1979-2014
Weeks 2-5 – The Iranian Revolution (1979)
Weeks 6-9 –The “Arab” Revolution (2011-2014)
Week 10 --Critical Reflection and Group Presentations
- Weeks 1-2 –Revision workshops
The indicative reading list for IP103 Art and Revolution can be found here.
Group presentation 15 minutes (10%)
Archival analysis: 1,500 words (10%)
Analysis of a painting: 1,500 words (10%)
Analysis of a film: 1,500 words (10%)
Critical essay: 3,000 words (30%)
May/June, 2 hours (30%)