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HA3099: ROMANTIC REVIVALS: MEDIEVALISM, C. 1790-1890 (2020-2021)

Last modified: 03 Sep 2020 16:40


Course Overview

The nineteenth century was obsessed with the Middle Ages. All over Europe, artists sought to mine their national past as a source for a new aesthetic, evoking the Middle Ages in style and subject matter alike. But which longings and ideas motivated this revival - historically accurate, deeply religious, and romantically-subjective at the same time? Case studies include the Nazarenes in Germany, to the Pre-Raphaelites in Britain, and artists such as John Flaxman, and Caspar David Friedrich.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Hans Hönes

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 3
  • Either History Of Art (HA) or History (HI)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The nineteenth century was obsessed with the Middle Ages. All over Europe, artists sought to mine their national past as a source for a new aesthetic, evoking the Middle Ages in style and subject matter alike. But which longings and ideas motivated this revival - historically accurate, deeply religious, and romantically-subjective at the same time? The module will touch on artistic movements ranging from the 'style troubadour' in France, over the Nazarenes in Germany, to the Pre-Raphaelites in Britain, and discuss works by artists like John Flaxman, Paul Delaroche, Caspar David Friedrich, and William Dyce - but also discover some lesser-known protagonists. We will explore how the Middle Ages became a projection space for many quintessentially modern issues and questions, ranging from Nationalism and Historicism to Chivalric heroism and Romantic love.

Apart from the 19th century’s artistic production we will also consider methodological debates on questions of anachronism, the agency of objects, and reception studies. Each session will focus on the close-reading of one or two artworks, serving as a springboard for exploring the session’s wider theme.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 8 - 18

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Summative Assessments

Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Individual and group feedback.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseShow a thorough understanding of 19th century medievalism and its recourse on historical evidence in different media.
ConceptualAnalyseDevelop familiarity with recent theoretical approaches from reception studies and conceptual frameworks such as anachronism
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate a broad and integrated understanding of key movements, artists, and concepts of European Romanticism.
ProceduralCreateDemonstrate confidence in organising and delivering written and oral academic work in a class presentation on a defined topic, and an essay.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 13 Feedback Weeks 16

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Feedback

Written feedback and additional verbal with student as required.

Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseShow a thorough understanding of 19th century medievalism and its recourse on historical evidence in different media.
ConceptualAnalyseDevelop familiarity with recent theoretical approaches from reception studies and conceptual frameworks such as anachronism
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate a broad and integrated understanding of key movements, artists, and concepts of European Romanticism.
ProceduralCreateDemonstrate confidence in organising and delivering written and oral academic work in a class presentation on a defined topic, and an essay.

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseShow a thorough understanding of 19th century medievalism and its recourse on historical evidence in different media.
ConceptualAnalyseDevelop familiarity with recent theoretical approaches from reception studies and conceptual frameworks such as anachronism
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate a broad and integrated understanding of key movements, artists, and concepts of European Romanticism.
ProceduralCreateDemonstrate confidence in organising and delivering written and oral academic work in a class presentation on a defined topic, and an essay.

Visual test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 16 Feedback Weeks 17

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Feedback

1 hour.

Written feedback and additional verbal as required.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseShow a thorough understanding of 19th century medievalism and its recourse on historical evidence in different media.
ConceptualAnalyseDevelop familiarity with recent theoretical approaches from reception studies and conceptual frameworks such as anachronism
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate a broad and integrated understanding of key movements, artists, and concepts of European Romanticism.
ProceduralCreateDemonstrate confidence in organising and delivering written and oral academic work in a class presentation on a defined topic, and an essay.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate a broad and integrated understanding of key movements, artists, and concepts of European Romanticism.
ConceptualAnalyseDevelop familiarity with recent theoretical approaches from reception studies and conceptual frameworks such as anachronism
ProceduralCreateDemonstrate confidence in organising and delivering written and oral academic work in a class presentation on a defined topic, and an essay.
ConceptualAnalyseShow a thorough understanding of 19th century medievalism and its recourse on historical evidence in different media.

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