|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Academic Book Review An academic book review of a recent publication on Impressionism. Students summarise, analyse, interpret, and evaluate a scholarly source. 1500 Words||35%|
|Semester Assessment||State of the Field Essay Otherwise known as a 'review essay'. Students select appropriate recent publications on Impressionism, summarise their key empirical &/or methodological innovations, explain the wider context and broader trends they reveal in scholarship, situate them in relation to the authoritative studies of the past, and evaluate the state of current research. 3500 Words||65%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Academic Book Review An academic book review of a recent publication on Impressionism. Students will be tested on their ability to summarise, analyse, interpret, and evaluate a scholarly source. 1500 Words||35%|
|Supplementary Assessment||State of the Field Essay Otherwise known as a 'review essay'. Students select appropriate recent publications on Impressionism, summarise their key empirical &/or methodological innovations, explain the wider context and broader trends they reveal in scholarship, situate them in relation to the authoritative studies of the past, and evaluate the state of current research. 3500 Words||65%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Explain the concept of 'historiography' and apply it to interpret art historical scholarship.
Summarise, analyse, interpret, and evaluate secondary sources on Impressionism.
Assess specialised debates in the secondary literature on Impressionism and evaluate current research.
Evaluate and compare the alternative art historical methodologies used to interpret Impressionism, accounting for their origins and change over time.
This module examines how the meanings of Impressionism have shifted and evolved since its public debut, culminating in the cutting-edge research being undertaken right now. It aims to, first, introduce you to the concept of 'historiography' and, second, help you develop the critical and analytical skills necessary to engage with art historical scholarship in a nuanced, historiographically informed way. Art history has its own history; the way that art historians explain the art of the past reflects the historian's own time. Understanding the consequences of this idea will forever change the way you read art history.
In lectures, I will introduce the main strands of research currently being undertaken into Impressionism, including my own. The topics covered will evolve over time in response to the latest developments in the field. As an indication we will examine how the Impressionists' materials adulterated art with industry; how the Impressionists' spontaneous technique manifested uniquely modern experiences of time and memory; how Impressionism participated in globalisation and how the meanings of Impressionism shifted as it travelled around the globe; how contemporary perspectives on race are revealing previously-overlooked aspects of the Impressionists' world; and what Impressionist images reveal about the somatic, affective experiences of their creators and viewers.
In seminars we will explore the concept of 'historiography' and the three most influential ways of understanding Impressionism in the twentieth-century: formalism, the social history of art, and feminism.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Communication||Articulating ideas orally by participating in classroom discussions; communicating in writing in assessments.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Formative feedback in classroom discussion week-by-week and summative feedback to assessments (in writing and orally in tutorial) will offer guidance for improving own learning and performance.|
|Information Technology||Engaging with flipped content (Panopto, Blackboard, Aspire); conducting research through library catalogues, online scholarly databases, and museum websites; organizing research materials and notes; engaging with digital platforms like Panopto, Blackboard, and Turnitin.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Practicing key disciplinary skill with direct relevance to future study: historiography.|
|Problem solving||Applying knowledge and skills to interpret unfamiliar texts and responding to art historical problems.|
|Research skills||Engaging with the reading list and locating sources for class preparation and assessments.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Explaining the concept of 'historiography' and applying it to interpret art historical scholarship; locating and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources; assessing specialised debates in secondary literature; constructing and justifying a written argument about Impressionism, evaluating and applying different methods of approaching the discipline, and using the appropriate scholarly apparatus.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6