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Semester 1

Popular Art and Folk Culture (ARTX10061)







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Course Summary

Folk culture means the traditional culture of ordinary people; the basis of popular art for millennia. This includes proverbial language, tales, legends, magical beliefs, jokes, metaphors; the visual culture of festivals, carnivals, gender, rituals and rites of passage, dreams and nightmares, and the characteristic ways of patterning and communicating these forms and concepts.

Course Description

Drawing on research into the history of carnivals and dreams, this course presents an alternative history of art and visual culture, illuminating the synergy between popular art and folk culture, from the cave art of 20,000 years ago to the present day. This is a lecture- based course, with accompanying class discussion. Each lecture will be for one hour, with a one hour scheduled seminar afterwards. The course is arranged in key themes, starting with key general topics (oral culture, dreams, carnivals etc.), and ending with in-depth case-histories (e.g. the virago, the nightmare), which demonstrate how these theoretical perspectives can be applied.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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