Analysing Art I
Full course description
Works of art and literature can be valuable sources for research in cultural studies. Yet they are sources of a particular kind that require a distinct approach and method of analysis. This skills training offers six hands-on tutorials in which a variety of visual artworks (paintings and photos) and literary texts (short stories) will be analysed in detail. The artistic materials under scrutiny are roughly related to the main course Art and Modernity (running in parallel in year 1 period 5), but instead of the main course’s historical logic this skills course is organized according to method and medium. Methodologically, the training introduces the basics of three key theoretical approaches and interdisciplinary analytical models: iconography (the study of images), semiotics (the study of signs) and narratology (the study of narrative). A series of parallel lectures offers theoretical and practical insights that help you to prepare for the weekly tutorials.
Upon completion of this skills course, you are able to:
- understand the basics of three analytical methods/approaches: iconography, semiotics, narratology;
- apply these methods in an hands-on analysis of individual artworks in different media;
- understand the specifics of different media.
Several articles and chapters from various books provided during the course.