HART2043 Looking East: Envisioning the Orient in Western Art

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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
HART1000 Great Moments in Art (formerly VISA1000)
HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; Practical Classes: 1 hour per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.