Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

Inhuman Bondage: the Image of Slavery 1750-1850

Module V4131

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module focusses on the impact of slavery and the slave trade on western visual culture, until recently a subject little considered in art-historical scholarship. It considers not only the iconography of slavery and the representation of enslaved Africans and slave plantations, but also how the ideologies of slavery infused the commercial society that was the context for artistic production: to what extent were art and aesthetics directly or indirectly implicated in the slave trade? Of central concern is the role of visual imagery in the campaign for the abolition of the slave trade in the late 18th century. The module looks at a wide variety of visual culture, not just works of 'fine' art, but also prints, textiles, applied and decorative arts, and furniture, to asses the significance of this conventionally overlooked, but important and problematic subject.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate detailed and coherent critical evaluation of the visual culture relating to this subject within its historical context.

Develop an independently researched critical approach to the subject and present it in a variety of written and oral formats.

Demonstrate critical understanding of the differing approaches of current art-historical scholarship about this subject.

Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment30.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT1 Week 10 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours11111111111
Autumn SemesterWorkshop1 hour11111111111

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The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Geoffrey Quilley

Convenor, Assess convenor

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