Inhuman Bondage: the Image of Slavery 1750-1850 (V4131)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

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.

Teaching

33%: Practical (Workshop)
67%: Seminar

Assessment

70%: Coursework (Essay)
30%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 33 hours of contact time and 267 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.