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Module Reading List

Anthropology, Art and Representation, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr Will Rea
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue
Anthropology, Art and Representation: a reading list

These are the most basic introductory readings.

Primary (in order of publication)

Clifford, J. (1988) The predicament of culture : twentieth-century ethnography, literature, and art. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP.

Coote, J., and A. Shelton, eds. (1992) Anthropology, art and aesthetics. Oxford: OUP.

Coombes, A.E. (1994) Reinventing Africa : museums, material culture and popular imagination in late Victorian and Edwardian England. New Haven: Yale UP.

Morphy, H. and M. Perkins (2006) The anthropology of art : a reader. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Morphy, H. (1994) The Anthropology of Art. In: The Companion Encyclopedia of Anthropology, T. Ingold, ed. London: Routledge.

Richards, D. (1994) Masks of difference : cultural representations in literature, anthropology and art. Cambridge: CUP.

Marcus, G. and F. Myers (1995) The traffic in culture : refiguring art and anthropology. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Steiner, C. and R. Phillips (1998) Unpacking culture : art and commodity in colonial and postcolonial worlds. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Gell Alfred (1999) Art and agency : an anthropological theory, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Watson, S. ed. (2007) Museums and their communities. London: Routledge.

See also:

Layton, R. (1991) The anthropology of art. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.

Devereaux, L. and R. Hillman, eds (1996) Fields of Vision: Essays in Film Studies, Visual Anthropology and Photography. Berkely: California University Press.

Greenhalgh, M. and V. Megaw (1978) Art in society : studies in style, culture and aesthetics. London: Duckworth.

Banks, M., and H. Morphy. (1997). Rethinking visual anthropology. New Haven: Yale UP.

Hughes-Freeland, F. (1998) Ritual, performance, media. Routledge

MacClancy, J. (1997) Contesting art : art, identity and politics in the modern world. Oxford: Berg.

Mulvey L. (1996) Fetishism and curiosity. London: Bfi.

Sharma, S., J. Hutnyk and A. Sharma (1996) Dis-orienting rhythms : the politics of the new Asian dance music London: Zed Books.

Taylor, L. ed. (1994) Visualizing theory : selected essays from V.A.R., 1990-1994, New York: Routledge.

Thomas, N. (1995) Colonialism's culture : anthropology, travel and government Cambridge: Polity Press.

Thomas, N. and D. Losche, eds. (1999) Double vision : art histories and colonial histories in the Pacific. Cambridge: CUP.

An aid in this course is the conference held at the Tate Gallery, named Fieldworks: Dialogues between Art and Anthropology. Available to watch online at

This list was last updated on 11/10/2013