Art, Embodiment, Transgression HISTART5004
- Academic Session: 2020-21
- School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
The purpose of this course is to investigate the special role of the body as a focus for
transgressive art practice in the twentieth century. In particular, various forms of
'body art' from the 1960s onwards which attack normative notions of embodiment
and identity will be addressed.
Ten weekly 2-hour lecture/seminar sessions
Requirements of Entry
Standard entry to Masters at College level
Essay (4,000 words) (80%) plus 15 min oral presentation (20%)
This course aims to:
provide detailed knowledge of art practices which thematize the body and embodiment in transgressive and radical ways.
provide a theoretical and historical context for understanding such art works.
enable students to develop a sophisticated knowledge of key interpretative approaches.
critically address issues relating to contemporary 'body politics,' including questions of gender identity, sexuality, race, and ethnicity.
present and discuss critical/ theoretical texts as primary source material and develop students' abilities in dealing with such sources
encourage self-reflexive 'deep' learning through engagement with critical texts, participation in seminar discussions, and use of Moodle web-forums.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
Describe the work of relevant body art and performance artists in detailed and apposite terms.
Explain key philosophical and theoretical concepts at stake in artistic interventions on/ in the body in sophisticated and specific ways.
Produce sustained arguments which relate historical changes in society to those in artistic practice in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Apply the various approaches to the body taught on the course to the political dimensions of embodiment, and the role of 'transgression' in relation to these.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.