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ARTF3054
Module Reading List

Anthropology, Art and Representation, 2020/21, Semester 2
Dr Will Rea
w.r.rea@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Anthropology, Art and Representation: a reading list

Much of what I consider core reading is already on Minerva.  This list is a good starting point but 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 http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/fieldworks-dialogues-between-art-and-anthropology-part-1

 

Module schedule – Weekly details

 

Week 1.

 Introduction

 Week 2

 We begin with the definition of art as it is found in other places.  However, this week also introduces a history of comparison.

 Defining the problem I

 

Defining the Problem II – Art and artefact

 

Supplementary Readings

 

Week 3. Aesthetics

 

Can aesthetics be used as a way of finding a universal for the study of art?  In this week we concentrate on the GDAT debate in anthropology and aesthetics.

Both In J Coote & A Shelton 1992 Anthropology Art and Aesthetics. Oxford.

 

Week 4. Bodies, Tattoo & Cloth

 

We move to the idea of making human.  How does the material world interact with the human subject?  In this week we examine one of the closest interactions – between cloth, tattoo and the body.

 

 

Cloth

 

Week 5. Gift & Fetish

 

We look to the alternative ways in which material forms manifest in other places.  Here we look to the contrast between the commodity form of objects as found in the West and the gift in PNG and the fetish in Africa.

 

The Gift and other objects. 

 

Material Things

 

Xala

  • Laura Mulvey 1993 Some thoughts on the Fetish in contemporary culture.  October 65
  • Mulvey, Laura. 2000. Xala: The Carapace that Failed. In Feminism and Film, edited by E. Ann Kaplan. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (various other editions as well).

 

Week 6. Persons & Perspectives

 

Does changing our focus on the object allow us to rethink the way in which we see the world?  European linear perspective has defined our image making and ways of thinking.  What if there is another point of view?

 

Persons and perspectives

OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 10/02/2021)

 

Place

 

Supplementry reading

 

 

 

 

Week 7. Technologies of Enchantment

 

In this week we look to the modes of transformation.  Not only of materials but also of peoples.

 

Technologies of Enchantment Revisited

Week 8. Ethnographic Viewing

 

What are the scopic regimes that the west has placed on other peoples and how do those people get represented in modern museums.

 

 

Week 9. The artist as ethnographer and the modern Ethnographic museum

2nd May

 

Primitivism is the main form through which artists in the west have developed their work in relation to others.  What happens when the empire strikes back?

 

 NOTE - Reading to be Added.

Week 10To Be confirmed

This list was last updated on 25/01/2021