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

The discovery of lithographic printing made it thinkable – and achievable – to mass produce free-hand images, texts and image-text hybrids. This module introduces the making of reproducible graphic culture a century either side of this discovery.
 
These developments were global in scope. However, we focus on analysing their transformative impact on images, texts, and objects in 18th- and 19th-century Britain. Here, the co-existence of multiple printing technologies circa 1750–1850 is especially significant. 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.