UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL

Pre-Raphaelites 58.345/201
Dr. Liana Cheney

 

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Syllabus of Lectures

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The examination of nineteenth century painting in England with a study on the role of representative artists such as Ford Madox Brown, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, Elizabeth Siddall, Evelyn De Morgan, Fredrick Sandys, and William Morris.

ORGANIZATION: Although class discussion is strongly encouraged, this is primarily a lecture course based upon the visual content of works of art presented by way of projected slides via distance learning. Attendance is highly recommended for every class meeting. Students are responsible for the content of all lectures and assigned reading materials.

REQUIRED READINGS:
-Rachel Barnes, The Pre-Raphaelites and Their World. London: Tate Gallery, 1998.
-Timothy Hilton, The Pre-Raphaelites. Oxford: Oxford Publication, 1995.
-Andrea Rose, The Pre-Raphaelites. London: Phaidon Press, 1994.
-Andrew Wilton, ed. The Age of Rossetti, Burne-Jones and Wattts: Symbolism in Britain 1860-1910. New York: Abbeville Press, 1997.
-Cecil Y. Lang, The Pre-Raphaelites and Their Circle. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1975.
-Christopher Wood, Pre-Raphaelites. London: Tate Gallery, 1984.

SUGGESTED READINGS:
-James Sambrook, Pre-Raphaelitism. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1974.
-Joseph A. Kestner, Mythology and Misogyny. Madison, WS: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.
-Liana De Girolami Cheney, Medievalism and Pre-Raphaelitism. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1987.
-John and Caitlin Matthews, British and Irish Mythology. London: Diamond Books, 1995.
-Jan Marsh, Pre-Raphaelite Women. London: Weindefeld and Nicolson, 1987.

CLASS COMPORTMENT: Since this is a professional presentation at the university level, you are not permitted to eat or drink during class lectures and discussion. Students are not permitted to tape the lectures. Disable students must see me on the first day of class to accommodate their individual needs.

EXAMINATION: The essay examination will be based on slide identification, slide comparisons, an attribution problem and essays. Examinations can be given in the form of take home exams, cyber/ed and oral presentation. Slide identification consists of identifying visual material presented in class or included in your assigned readings. You will be required to identify the name of the artist, the title of the art work, the style and give an approximate date of the art work. The exams are 60% of your final grade; the oral presentation is 15% of your final grade; and, the paper is 25% of your final grade. Examinations and a final exam (date to be announced). Examinations are based on specific material covered in class and on the required readings. Examinations missed without prior written excuse from the instructor or written excuse for medical or other emergencies cannot be made up. No electronic mail, fax, telephone, or voice mail is accepted.

TAKE HOME EXAMINATION: There will be two take home exams (February 25 and April 27). Home exams should be approximately 2 to 3 pages long (250 words per page) minimum, double spaced and typed. The computerized typing must be as follow: accepted fonts New York, Geneva, Courier, Palatino and Bookman; only 12 points in character, double space between lines; page margins one (1) inch all around. Take home exams written in any other format are not acceptable. The written assignment will be graded on form as well as content so that spelling, punctuation, grammar, and syntax are to be considered with some care. If you use other sources in addition to your class notes and required readings, please footnote those sources. Downloading information from the internet or websites without requires proper citation. See Note on Plagiarism section.

CYBER/ED EXAMINATION: There will be one cyber/ed examination on April 1. For instruction of presentation see Take Home Examination section.

GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: The written assignment will be graded on form as well as content so that spelling, punctuation, grammar, and syntax are to be considered with some care. Prior to completing your research, you should consult at least 8, post 1970 sources (books and articles). Although you may read survey texts (such a as those of Janson, Hartt, or Gardner), these do not count among the acceptable sources. You may develop a good bibliography for any topic you choose from the books and articles at the library. Also, The Encyclopedia of World Art and The Oxford Companion to Art may be useful. The Art Index (an annual index of periodical literature on art) is very helpful. In addition, you may be assisted by internet and websites information; however, be aware of always recording and listing the source of your citation. Downloading information from the internet without proper citation constitutes plagiarism. See: Information Literacy Assignment.

In your paper define the limits of the topic you are considering, clarify the issues surrounding the topic with respect to the relationship between Pre-Raphaelite Art and its culture, comment on the scholarly problems involved, and offer some original incite into the topic. Be sure to read critically as you you will find little agreement among various authors. Presentation instructions and suggested topics will be given at the beginning of the semester along with a general instruction sheet for form of term papers. Suggested topics will be given at the beginning of the semester, along with a general instruction sheet for form of term papers.

On March 30 notify me of your written assignment topic. The paper will be due on May 17. All late papers will be penalized. The paper should be approximately 10-15 pages long, double spaced and typed with illustrations. Suggested topics will be given at the beginning of the semester, along with a general instruction sheet for form of term papers. The computerized typing must be as follow: accepted fonts New York, Geneva, Courier, Palatino and Bookman; only 12 points in character; double space between lines; page margins one (1) inch all around. Papers written in any other format are not acceptable. The written assignment will be graded on form as well as content so that spelling, punctuation, grammar, and syntax are to be considered with some care. All work done outside of class must be type written or computer printed, double spaced.

NOTE ON PLAGIARISM: Be careful never to copy directly or directly adapt from another author without crediting the source. General sources must be listed in a bibliography; any indirect or direct quotation or paraphrase must be footnoted. Any unacknowledged copying will receive an F (failure) for the course. Student will be subject to academic suspension from the university. Downloading information from the internet or websites without proper citation constitutes plagiarism.

HANDOUTS: A series of mimeographed materials will be given out throughout the course in order to help you with your reading assignments.

MUSEUM VISITS: Students are individually responsible for visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (both in Boston) and, in particular, the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge) which houses and excellent collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.

OPTIONAL MUSEUM VISITS: Probably during the semester the Art History Club will sponsor some field trips to the Boston Museums. Also, there will be scheduled one or two trips to New York City, Worcester and Hartford, CT., in order to visit some major exhibitions or museums. You will not be penalized for not participating in these trips.

OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday between 4:00-5:00 P.M. and Wednesday 6:00-7:00 p.m. Also, other times by appointment. My office is in Coburn Hall, Room 201.

TIME TABLE FOR EXAMINATION:
February 25 - Take Home Exam I Due
March 30 - NOTIFICATION OF PAPER TOPIC
April 1 - Cyber/Ed Exam
April 27 - Take Home Exam II Due
May 4-11 - CLASS PRESENTATIONS
May 13 - READING DAY
May 17 - PAPER DUE

LECTURE, ASSIGNMENT AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:
(N.B. Syllabus information subject to change without prior notice)

January 26-28 - Introduction. The Pre-Raphaelites
Bowness, A. Introduction and Biographical Entries from the Tate Catalogue; Praeger Encyclopedia, Pre-Raphaelites; Encyclopedia of Art, Pre-Raphaelites; Timothy Hilton, The Pre-Raphaelites: Introduction; Andre Rose, The Pre-Raphaelites: Introduction; Rachel Barnes, The Pre-Raphaelites and Their World: Introduction and Chapter 1
Recommended: The Journal of Pre-Raphaelites Studies for articles on Pre-Raphaelite Painters

February 2-9 - The Brotherhood: Formation and Participants
Rose, The Pre-Raphaelites; Barnes, The Pre-Raphaelites and Their World; Wilton, The Age of Rossetti.
Recommended: Cheney, Medievalism in Pre-Raphaelite Art; Parris, Pre-Raphaelite Papers; Sambrook, Pre-Rapheilitism; Waugh, PRB
Gaunt, The Pre-Raphaelite Dream.

February 11 - Library Day
Research Assignments
Collection of Bibliographies on Brown, Rossetti, Hunt, Millais, Burne-Jones and Pre-Raphaelite Women Painters.

February 16-25 - Brown, Rossetti and Siddal
Rose, The Pre-Raphaelites; Barnes, The Pre-Raphaelites and Their World; Wilton, The Age of Rossetti.
Recommended: Faxon, Rossetti; Wood, Pre-Raphaelites; Sturtees, Elizabeth Siddal; Daly, Pre-Raphaelites in Love; Beerbohm, Rossetti and His Circle; Rossetti, Pre-Raphaelite Diaries and Letters.

February 25 - Take Home Exam I Due

February 27 (Saturday) - Museum Visit: Fogg Art Museum

March 2-4 - William Holman Hunt
Rose, The Pre-Raphaelites; Barnes, The Pre-Raphaelites and Their World; Wilton, The Age of Rossetti.
Recommended: Landlow, Hunt; Hunt, Pre-Raphaelitism; Treuherz, Pre-Raphaelite Paintings; Maas, Hunt and The Light of the World.

March 6 - (Saturday) Optional Museum Trip: New York Metropolitan Museum

March 9-11 - Sir John Everett Millais
Rose, The Pre-Raphaelites; Barnes, The Pre-Raphaelites and Their World; Wilton, The Age of Rossetti.
Recommended: Millais, Sir John Everett Millais; Monkhouse, British Contemporary Artists.

March 11-18 - Spring Break - London Trip to Visit Pre-Raphaelite Collections in London, Manchester, Liverpool, and Birmingham

March 23-30 - Edward Burne-Jones and Maria Zambaco
Rose, The Pre-Raphaelites; Barnes, The Pre-Raphaelites and Their World; Wilton, The Age of Rossetti; Wood, Burne-Jones
Recommended: Cecil, Visionary and Dreamer; Wood, Olympian Dreamers; Fitzgerald, Edward Burne-Jones; Christian, Burne-Jones.

March 25 - Library Day. Research for Selection of Paper

March 30 - Notification of Paper Topic

April 1 - Cyber/Ed Exam Due

April 1-15 - Second Generation of the Pre-Raphaelites: Watts, Sandys & Morris
Rose, The Pre-Raphaelites; Barnes, The Pre-Raphaelites and Their World; Wilton, The Age of Rossetti.
Handouts/xeroxes

April 8 - Video
Class responsibility to take notes on video.

April 20-27 - Pre-Raphaelite Women: Evelyn De Morgan, Elizabeth Siddal and Maria Zambaco
Rose, The Pre-Raphaelites; Barnes, The Pre-Raphaelites and Their World; Wilton, The Age of Rossetti; Jan Marsh, Pre-Raphaelite Women.

April 27 - Take Home Exam II Due

April 29 - Conclusion. Discussion on Oral Presentations Format


May 4-11 - Oral Presentations*
*N.B. Presentations will be based on the research paper. Each will be approximately 5-10 minutes long. The research paper should be approximately of 10-15 typed pages. (See Guidelines for Written Assignment section).

May 13 - Reading Day

May 17 - Paper Due