History

Time and Place: 1796: Lithography and the Mass Produced Image

Module code: V1448
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module introduces the making of reproducible graphic culture a century either side of the discovery of lithographic printing, a discovery that made to thinkable and – in time – achievable to mass produce free-hand images, texts, and – crucially – image-text hybrids. These developments were global in scope, and so focus is achieved by analysing their transformative impact on images, texts, and objects made and sold in eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain. Here the co-existence of multiple printing technologies circa 1750-1850 is especially significant, for it provided a fertile environment for technological, artistic, and commercial experimentation with medium and message.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically evaluate the historiography around a particular moment.
  • Critically evaluate the applicability of historical concepts to particular cases.
  • Supply evidence of these skills in extended essay form.
  • Demonstrate ability to use limited amounts of primary source material in extended historical argument.