Back to the Classroom — Syllabus for the Eighteenth Century

Posted in teaching resources by Editor on August 23, 2010

As many of us prepare to return to the classroom this fall, it seems an appropriate time to think about teaching as a vital component of the life of HECAA. The vast majority of postings here at Enfilade point to exhibitions, conferences, and scholarly opportunities. Yet in addition to the hats we wear as researchers and writers, many of us spend a huge portion of our professional careers trying to communicate our understanding and love of art history to students. In acknowledgment of this crucial responsibility, our fearless leader, Julie-Anne Plax has graciously agreed to share a syllabus from one of her past undergraduate courses. It’s posted below, and for the next three days, HECAA members will weigh in with their own responses to it (of course, all members are invited to leave comments along the way as well). To wrap up the week, Julie is also providing a syllabus for a graduate seminar on the French Rococo. Special thanks to Professor Plax for her generosity!

N.B. — The syllabus has here been modified slightly for formatting reasons. It is also available for download as a Word Document.

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Professor Julie-Anne Plax
Art Building, Room 312
Spring 2008, MW 2:00-3:15

Office Hours: MW 12:30-1:30, or by appointment
Art Building 294 / 626-4864 / jplax@email.arizona.edu

Course Description
ARH 316B is a one-semester lecture course which can be taken for three units of credit under ‘General Education Tier II: Traditions and Cultures’. This course presents a thematic survey of European art and architecture from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the French Revolution; or, in stylistic terms, from Rococo to Neo-Classicism. The lectures will examine the major artists, artistic monuments, and movements of the eighteenth century and address, more specifically, some of the critical issues in the study of eighteenth-century art.

Required Text
There is no required text for this class. The required readings will be available as PDFs at the course’s electronic reserve library site.

Course Requirements
The grade for the course will be based the following requirements.

  • Exam 1                    15%        Feb 25
  • Exam 2                    15%        April 7
  • Final Exam             20%       May 9, Friday, 2:00-4:00
  • Article Critique      15%        various dates
  • Participation            5%
  • Research Paper     30%
    • Paper prospectus and bibliography, February 18
    • 1st rough draft, March 10
    • Penultimate draft, April 14
    • Final paper, May 7

Examinations: Bluebooks required. Each examination will consist of a combination of short answer, slide identification/comparison and an essay question.

Article Critique: You will write a critique of one article. There are four articles to chose from which are indicated with *** in the syllabus course calendar. Due dates for each of the article critiques are also indicated in the course calendar below. The critique should be 3-4 typewritten pages. The critique should include a brief summation of the article, a discussion of what the article was about (the larger questions addressed as opposed to a recapitulation of the argument) and your own evaluation and opinion of the article.

Research Paper: You will be assigned a particular artwork or monument as the topic for your research paper during the research paper lottery on January 28. (See the end of the syllabus for the list of artworks). The finished research paper will be between 7 and 9 typewritten double-spaced pages of text, not including the required endnotes, bibliography and illustrations. The paper will be graded according to three categories: 1) evidence of research; 2) content and organization; 3) writing skill and scholarly form; (correct form and usage of notes, bibliography and illustrations)  There is a research paper guideline on e-res for correct form and usage. To ensure steady progress on the paper there are several requirements: 1) a prospectus and preliminary bibliography 2) 1st rough draft 3) penultimate draft 4) final paper. Failure to meet these requirements will result in a 10% reduction of your final grade for each of the requirements not met.

Discussion/participation: Discussion and participation is evidence of engagement with the material. We will be discussing all the readings informally and the four article critique readings in a more formal manner.

Students will receive a score for each requirement based on the following scale. The final grade will be calculated according to the percentage weights assigned to each requirement above.

Grading scale:
90-100% -A
60-69% -D
0-59% -E

The School of Art follows the University of Arizona Grading System. A, B, C, D, and E constitute the regular grades used at the University of Arizona.

The University of Arizona Grading System
A*    Excellent
B*    Good
C*    Satisfactory
D*    Poor
E*    Failure
P    Passing (Special S/P and P/F grade)
F    Failure (Special P/F grade)
S    Superior (Special S/P grade)
O    Audit

Late Work
Late work will be accepted with a 5% deduction per day.

Absence Policy
Students are expected to attend class and roll will be taken at each class meeting. More than three absences will affect your grade at the rate of 5% per each additional absence subtracted from your final total score.

Classroom Behavior and Academic Integrity
Student Code of Conduct: “The aim of education is the intellectual, personal, social, and ethical development of the individual. The educational process is ideally conducted in an environment that encourages reasoned discourse, intellectual honesty, openness to constructive change and respect for the rights of individuals. Self-discipline and a respect for the rights of others in the university community are necessary for the fulfillment of such goals.”

Code of Academic Integrity: “Integrity is expected of every student in all academic work. The guiding principle of academic integrity is that a student’s submitted work must be the student’s own. This principle is furthered by the student Code of Conduct and disciplinary procedures established by ABOR Policies 5-308/5-403, all provisions of which apply to University of Arizona students.”

Both the Code of Conduct and Code of Academic Integrity can be found online.

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January 16: Introduction to the Course and Background to the Eighteenth Century
Chu, Nineteenth-Century European Art, 19-33

January 21: Martin Luther King Holiday
No class

January 23: The Art Academy
Chu, Nineteenth-Century European Art, 33-39

January 28: Watteau and the Fête Galante — RESEARCH PAPER LOTTERY
Wakefield, Eighteenth-Century French Painting, 22-41

January 30: Rococo and Pompadour
Wakefield, Eighteenth-Century French Painting, 78-91

February 4: Architecture of Private Life
***ARTICLE CRITIQUE READING: Mimi Hellman, “Furniture, Sociability, and the Work of Leisure in Eighteenth-Century France” in Eighteenth-Century Studies 32 (Summer 1999): 415-45

February 6:  Grand Tour I
Ford, “The Grand Tour,” Apollo 114 (December 1981): 390-400

February 11: Grand Tour II
DISCUSSION of Hellman READING and Critique due

February 13: The British Country House
Tavernor, Palladio and Palladianism, 151-80

February 18: Nature and the Great Outdoors
Berrall, The Garden: An Illustrated History, 263-80
Paper Prospectus and Bibliography due

February 20: Guest Speaker!

February 25: Exam I

February 27: Hogarth and Humor
Vaughan, British Painting, 24-37

March 3: Portraiture
Vaughan, British Painting, 68-97

March 5: Baroque Tradition and Religious Art

March 10: Germany
1st Rough Draft of Paper due
***ARTICLE CRITIQUE READING: Hart and Stevenson, “The Body and Ascension in the Sacred Rococo Art of Southern Germany and Austria,” in Heaven and the Flesh, 127-47

March 12: Neo-Classical I
Chu, Nineteenth-Century European Art, 41-53

March 17 & 19: Spring Break
No Class

March 24: Neo-Classical II
DISCUSSION of Hart and Stevenson READING and Critique due
Chu, Nineteenth-Century European Art, 53-69

March 26: Great Men, Great Monuments and Great Museums

March 31: The Cult of Sensibilité
Brookner, Greuze: The Rise and Fall of an Eighteenth-Century Phenomenon, “Sensibilité,” 1-18

April 2: Mothers and Children
***ARTICLE CRITIQUE READING: Duncan, “Happy Mothers and Other New Ideas in French Art,” Art Bulletin 55 (December 1973): 570-83

April 7: Exam II

April 9: Women Artists
DISCUSSION of Duncan READING and Critique due
Slotkin, Women Artists in History, 110-27

April 14: Diderot: Art Criticism and the Encyclopédie0
Penultimate draft of Paper due
Diderot, Salon of 1765 “Greuze,” 96-100
Diderot, Salon of 1767 “Robert,” 190-200

April 16: Russia and Sweden

April 21: Science and Industry
***ARTICLE CRITIQUE READING: Boime, Art in an Age of Revolution 1750-1800, “Joseph Wright of Derby,” 233-60

April 23: Animals and Art
Vaughan, British Painting: The Golden Age, 162-73

April 28: Exoticisms
DISCUSSION of Boime READING and Critique due

April 30: Colonial America

May 5: Revolution and Art
Chu, Nineteenth-Century European Art, 93-107

May 7: The Sleep of Reason
Final and perfected Paper due
Last day of class, no reading, Hooray!

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Paper Lottery Choices
For Images see IMAGEN Portfolio: 316 Paper Images
1. Johann Zoffany, Royal Academicians in General Assembly
2. Antoine Watteau, Pilgrimage to Cythera
3. François Boucher, Portrait of Mme de Pompadour
4. Pompeo Batoni, The Honorable Colonel William Gordon
5. Canaletto, Rio dei Mendicanti
6. Lord Burlington and William Kent, Chiswick House
7. Stowe Garden
8. William Hogarth, Gin Lane and Beer Street
9. Joshua Reynolds, Mrs. Sarah Siddons as a Tragic Muse
10. Christopher Wren, St. Paul’s, London
11. Giambatistta Tiepolo’s fresco painting at the Wurzburg Palace
12. Jacques-Louis David, Oath of the Horatii
13. Fuseli, The Nightmare
14.  Mengs, Portrait of Winckelmann
15. Antonio Canova, Statue of Napoleon
16. Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Marie Antoinette and her Children
17. Angelica Kaufmann, Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi
18. Joseph Wright of Derby, Experiment on a Bird in an Airpump
19. Etienne Falconet, Monument to Peter the Great
20. George Stubbs, Mares and Foals in a River Landscape
21.  François Boucher, Sultaness Drinking Coffee
22. Benjamin West, The Death of General Wolfe
23. Jacques-Louis David, Marat
24. Francisco Goya, The Duchess of Alba

Call for Papers: Walpole and Strawberry Hill, Once More

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on August 23, 2010

Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill has become quite the scholarly stimulus. With the restoration almost completed, this symposium (apparently a bit less art historical than much of the recent attention) will celebrate the building’s reopening . . .

Romantic Adaptations: A Strawberry Hill Symposium
St Mary’s University College, Twickenham (London), 25-26 March 2011

Proposals due by 31 October 2010

This two-day conference, hosted jointly by the Departments of English and Film and Popular Culture at St Mary’s University College, will mark the re-opening of Horace Walpole’s Gothic mansion at Strawberry Hill. Despite Blake’s often-quoted contention that he had to ‘create a system or be enslaved by another man’s’, the investment in originality during the Romantic period disguises a pervasive culture of adaptation. The diverse afterlives of Romanticism can also best be described as a history of adaptation. This conference, itself hosted in a highly adapted Gothic space, seeks to consider both romantic-period adaptation, and subsequent adaptations of ‘romanticism’ and ‘the romantics’. The organisers invite abstracts for papers engaging with any aspect of this history of adaptation. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Antiquarianism, imitations and forgeries
  • Histories and myths of romantic lives
  • Gothic appropriations in print and on screen
  • Iterations of poetic genres
  • Classicism in art and politics
  • Romantic intertexts
  • Romantic drama and music
  • Popular appropriations of romanticism
  • ‘Genre’ and interdisciplinarity
  • Eco-adaptations of romanticism

Keynote speakers are: Prof Andrew Bennett (Bristol); Dr Ian Hunter (De Montfort); Prof Peter Kitson (Dundee); and Prof Nigel Leask (Glasgow). The conference will include a tour of Horace Walpole’s newly-adapted house. Enquiries and / or abstracts, of no more than 300 words, for papers of approximately 20 minutes, should be sent to Dr Caroline Ruddell (ruddellc@smuc.ac.uk) or Dr Cian Duffy (duffyc@smuc.ac.uk). Abstracts should be received by 31st October 2010.