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Unit Overview


This unit explores the evolution of figural representation in post-Enlightenment Europe. From medical illustration to the avant-garde nude, the representation of the body evolves dramatically in the modern period, revealing new concerns around identity, technology, health, and political control. The body takes on a variety of forms in this period of increased global exchange, and this unit will also consider how Europeans visualised and engaged the bodies of other cultures. By examining how bodies are depicted and understood after the eighteenth century, this unit aims to show how the representation of the human form expresses both modern anxieties and desires.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) identify relevant artists and artworks associated with the visual representation of the body in the modern period; (2) identify the key theoretical concerns about the modern body in the visual arts; (3) use visual analysis to critically examine the changes to bodily representation in the modern period; (4) make arguments about the relationship among visual culture, medical discourse, and the body; and (5) communicate knowledge about relevant artworks and their relationship to theories of the body.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short essay; (2) long essay; and (3) discursive learning (oral presentation; online discussion; participation). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Emily Brink
Unit rules
Successful completion of
HART1000 Great Moments in Art
or HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
Advisable prior study
ENGL1902 Reading Bodies (ID 1676).
BMED2001 Humanities in Health and Medicine
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.