Units of Study

ARHT2671 - Art, Travel, Empires

Semester 1, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Roger Harold Benjamin


In this unit of study we examine Orientalist art and the culture of travel from a post-colonial perspective. As well as the work of major artists (Delacroix, Gerome and J.F.Lewis), we will place particular emphasis upon photography, as well as international exhibitions, travel literature and film. Diverse European constructions of the exotic Orient will be examined including the distinctive contribution of women Orientalists. In this unit, the European canon of Orientalism is resituated through the introduction of counter-narratives and alternative images made by indigenous artists and patrons.


1x2500wd essay (60%), 1x1500wd visual test (30%), class particiaption (10%)


Recommended Readings:
'Orientalism:Delacroix to Klee', curated by Roger Benjamin, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1997
Jill Beaulieu and Mary Roberts (eds), 'Orientalism' s Interlocutors. Painting, Architecture, Photography', Duke University Press, Durham, 2002
Reina Lewis, 'Gendering Orientalism. Race, Femininity and Representation', Routledge, London, 1996


1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


ARHT1001 and ARHT1002



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