Colonial Art in the Antipodes 1788-1918 (ARHT2637)


This unit challenges the conventional view that Australian art is a pale copy of a European paradigm, instead arguing that Australia has a robust and idiomatic visual culture of its own. By examining a wide variety of images (including painting, sculpture, popular prints, cartoons, tableaux vivants, theatrical scenery and public spectacle) this unit will demonstrate how, from first European contact, appropriation and parody - whether conscious or unconscious burlesque - characterised Australian visual culture throughout the nineteenth century.

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


1x1500wd project (30%), 1x3000wd essay (60%), tutorial participation (10%)

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ARHT1001 and ARHT1002



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