HART2043 Looking East: Envisioning the Orient in Western Art

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit addresses how the West envisioned the East over the long nineteenth century. By investigating travel writing, prints, paintings, architecture and the decorative arts, this class explores how Europe consistently reoriented its vision of the East, redrawing boundaries to include China, Japan, India and the Ottoman Empire. The West produced much more than just a monolithic definition of the Orient and the unit seeks to engage and complicate the standard narrative of Orientalism to suggest there are many Easts and perhaps many Orientalisms. To supplement this survey of visual and historical information, the unit also explores the various ways the Orient has been theorised in postcolonial discourse.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) identify relevant artists and artworks associated with Orientalism; (2) identify the key theoretical concerns of Orientalism in the visual arts; (3) apply this notion of Orientalism and postcolonial theory to the interpretation of painting and other visual forms; (4) employ effective research skills including the use of primary and secondary materials; (5) construct a compelling and well-structured argument in a written paper; and (6) demonstrate critical thought and cogent analysis through oral communication.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) short essay; (2) long essay; and (3) oral assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Emily Eastgate Brink
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
HART1000 Great Moments in Art (previously VISA1000)
or
HART1001 Art, Technology and Society (previously VISA1001)
or
HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
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