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Course co-ordinator:

Peter Brunt, OK 311, 463 5805 or ext 5805 Email: Peter.Brunt@vuw.ac.nz Office hours: Thursday 12.00-2.00pm

Where: When:

or by appointment Old Kirk 312 Wednesdays, 2.00-4.00pm (First class 24 March)

Course description

ARTH 402 investigates a number of thematic intersections between post- colonial theory and writing on art and culture in the colonial and post- colonial Pacific. Topics include concepts of ‘colonial discourse’, nation and nationalism, ethnicity and indigeneity, feminism and postcolonialism, tradition, cultural identity, diaspora, and globalisation.

Classes will revolve around the close reading and discussion of assigned readings. Students will also take responsibility for presenting and leading discussion of one seminar during the course, and writing a critical review of the readings. It is important to the success of the course that students read assigned texts carefully and come prepared to actively contribute to class discussion.

In line with Art History’s teaching objectives, ARTH 402:

  • encourages you to apply your skills of analysis to critically examine visual and textual material

  • develops your capacity for independent work, including the formulation, analysis and refinement of topics

  • ensures the consistent application of the conventions of academic writing and art historical research

  • ensures the full use of library resources

  • refines your skills in seminar presentation and oral debate

  • prepares you for post-graduate research in art history

  • introduces you to the standards required of scholarly articles and papers.

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