Art history

Sex and the City: The Origins of Modernism in Britain 1870-1910

Module code: V4105
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

In this module, you consider the techniques and materials of art produced during the late 19th and early 20th century, in addition to issues around the role of the academic system and other institutions in artistic practice.

The fundamental concern is to examine art and modernity in its context - not just the artworks themselves but the construction of a cultural discourse around art and art history.

You explore topics ranging from artistic identities and the art market to inter-cultural relations and critical interpretations of the subject.

The movements you cover may include:

  • late Pre-Raphaelitism
  • Aestheticism
  • Realism
  • Impressionism
  • Postimpressionism
  • the Symbolist movement
  • Expressionism
  • Art Nouveau.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate detailed and coherent critical evaluation of the visual culture relating to this subject within its historical context.
  • Develop an independently researched critical approach to the subject and present it in a variety of written and oral formats.
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the differing approaches of current art-historical scholarship about this subject.