Art History's Queer Stories (870V4B)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

You will question the way art history and its institutions reproduce normative discourses about gender and sexual orientation.

Firstly, you will study how homosexuality was represented in 19th- and 20th-century visual culture, and how artists have worked within and against such representations.

Secondly, you'll explore theory such as feminist, queer and postcolonial as well as psychoanalysis to help understand how sexuality and other markers of difference, like race and class, appear in art history and visual culture.

You draw from a selection of ephemera, artwork, documents and “sticky objects” in Sussex and London collections to find your own ways to analyse representations of non-normative sexualities in the context of private and public spaces, archives, museums and galleries.

This module provides a forum for discussing queer visualities from the past and currently, taking into account the narratives of curators, the queering of collections and art activism.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. 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.


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