INTS 323/3.0 International Perspectives in the Creative Arts I: Orientalism and 19th-Century Art Movements
Instructor: Dr. Jane Russell Corbett
It is difficult to avoid clichéd representations of people of cultures other than one’s own; from Aladin to South Park, they are commonplace in contemporary western television and film. Ethnic and racial stereotyping has a long history, and 19th-century orientalism is one of the most studied cases of this form of cultural interaction. Today, “orientalism” generally refers to the western representation of aspects of Middle Eastern and East Asian cultures as well as to the imitation of the styles of their arts and crafts. This course will provide a critical examination of orientalist art and artefacts produced in 19th-century France and England in their artistic and historical context. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to relate the course material to contemporary popular culture.
- of the main developments in 19th-century orientalist art in subject and style
- of the “orientalist” debate
- of the artistic and historical context in which the works were produced
- of different methodological approaches to understanding the works
- development of skill in historical analysis
- development of skill in formal analysis
- development of critical thinking skills
- development of writing skills
There will be two field studies: one to the Louvre in Paris and one to a museum in England.
Students taking INTS 323 will have an opportunity to study some of the works discussed in class first-hand in both the Louvre and in a major English museum.
- Response Papers: 30% (Best 3 of 5)
- Short Essay: 15%
- Field Study Assignments: 10%
- Final Test: 15%
- Participation: 25%
- Attendance: 5%