Time and Place: 1796: Lithography and the Mass Produced Image (V1448)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module introduces the making of reproducible graphic culture a century either side of the discovery of lithographic printing - a discovery that made it thinkable and - in time - achieveable to mass produce free-hand images, texts, and – crucially – image-text hybrids.

These developments were global in scope, and you analyse 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. 

Teaching and assessment

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Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 126 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.


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