Analysing Art II
Full course description
This sequel to Analyzing Art I provides you with a more advanced introduction to three methodologies that Arts and Culture students often use to analyze visual and literary artworks: iconography / iconology, semiotics and narratology. In particular, we will discuss the applicability of these methods to different types of genres and media. The course consists of a series of workshop-like meetings dedicated to portrait painting and photography, political iconography, the short story composite, comics and the classical Hollywood cinema.
Upon completion of this skills course, you will be able to:
- understand and explain the basics of three methodologies/methods frequently used to analyse works of art: iconography/iconology, semiotics, narratology;
- identify and describe the distinct theoretical backgrounds on which these methodologies/methods are based;
- apply these methodologies/methods in an hands-on analysis of individual artworks in different media;
- utilize the specialized analytical vocabularies that are specific to each of these methodologies/methods;
- critically evaluate the advantages and challenges of all three methodologies/methods – both in general and for research in Arts & Culture.
The course builds on the first-year skills course Analysing Art
Several articles and chapters from various books provided during the course.