Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials Seminar.
Other Workshops 10 x 1.5 hr classes


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment coursework: Each session will be a one-and-a-half hour workshop. There will be a work sheet for each class to be prepared beforehand. In class, student will work in small groups on particular issues which will then be presented to the whole group. Each class will normally incorporate the study of literary and popular print material alongside the work of the named aritsts  100%

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student will be able to
analyse critically images and make relationships with written texts from the Victorian period.
Understand distinctions between popular culture and high culture.
Work effectively within a group
Have confidence with public presentation of ideas.

Brief description

The course will examine issues of class and gender in Victorian art and will consider the way that particular stereotypes, such as the sempstress and the stonebreaker were endowed with stock interpretations; and how particular places such as Italy, Scotland or Wales were represented and become a vehicle for particular forms of discourse. The course will have a strong interdisciplinary element and students will be expected to read some comparative literary material. There will be an emphasis on popular imagery and use will be made of material in the National Library such as the Graphic and Punch magazine and prints in the College collections. It will be a pre-erequisite to have passed the nineteenth century art course.

Reading List

Deborah Cherry (1993) Painting Women: Victorian Women Artists London: Routledge, Primo search E. Hobsbaum and T. Ranger (1983) The Invention of Tradition Cambridge: Canto, Primo search E. Lucie Smith (1977) Work and Struggle: the Painter as Witness 1870-1914 New York: Paddington Press Primo search E. Lucie Smith and C. Dars (1976) How the Rich Lived: the Painter as Witness 1870-1914, New York: Paddington Press Primo search G. Robertson (1978) Eastlake and the Victorian Art World Princeton: Princeton University Press Primo search J. Treuherz (1987) Hard Times [exhibition catalogue] Manchester: Manchester Art Gallery Primo search L.Nead (1988) Myths of Sexuality: Representations of Women in Victorian Britain Oxford: Blackwell Primo search Peter Lord (1994) Gwenllian: Essays on Visual Culture Llandysul: Gomer Primo search Susan B.Casteras, Richard Redgrave (1988) New Haven Yale University Press Primo search (1985) Painting in Newlyn 1880 -1930 [exhibition catalogue], London: Barbican Art Gallery Primo search Some examples of literary material that could be used as secondary reading: Primo search Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre Primo search D Du Maurier, Trilby Primo search D G R Rossetti, Jenny Primo search E M Foster, A Room with a View Primo search Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor Primo search Mrs Gaskell, North and South Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6