Dr Will Rea
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.
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
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
- Warburg, Picasso and Primitivism in Art
- Clifford J. 1988 “On collecting art and culture” in The Predicament of Culture, Cambridge Mass: Harvard.
- Westermann, M. 2005 Anthropologies of Art. Yale University Press see especially chapters by Freedburg Warburg’s Mask: a study in idolatry.
- Warburg A. 1995 (1921) Images from the region of the Pueblo Indians Warburg Institute – but also in a copy edited by Steinberg. Cornell University Press. Reprinted in Preziosi, The art of Art history.
Defining the Problem II – Art and artefact
- Vogel S. 1988 Art/artifact: African art in anthropology collections. Center For African art, New York. (Read essays by Danto and Faris).
- Gell A. 1992 The technology of enchantment and the enchantment of technology. In J Coote and A Shelton Anthropology Art and Aesthetics. Oxford. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 10/02/2021)
- Maquet J. 1979: Art by metamorphosis, African Arts, XII, 4
- Gell A.1996. Vogel’s Net: Traps as art works and art works as traps. Journal of material culture 1(1). Sage. Also in the Art of Anthropology Athlone.
- Goodman, N. 1978 When is art? In Ways of Worldmaking. Indiana
- D Pels, K Hethington et al 2002. The status of the object: Performances, mediations and techniques. Theory, culture and society 19 (5/6).
- Appadurai A 1986 The social life of things: Commodities in cultural perspective. Cambridge. (Read Intro and Kopytoff chapter).
- Daniel Miller (ed.) 2005 Materiality, Routledge, London. Many excellent papers in this volume but at Chris Pinney’s is well worth reading.
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.
- Ingold T. 1996 Aesthetics is a cross cultural category. In Group Debates In Anthropological Theory. University of Manchester.
- Coote J. 1992. Marvels of everyday vision.
- Morphy H. 1992. From Dull to Brilliant
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.
- Strathern M. 1979. The self in self decoration Oceania 49.
- Hanlon M. 1989 Reading the skin: Adornment and display in Whagi society. BMP, London. (Read Handsome is as handsome does.)
- Thomas N. 1997 Marked Men Art, Asia, Pacific 13 66-73
- Tattoo: bodies, art, and exchange in the Pacific and the West / edited by Nicholas Thomas, Anna Cole, and Bronwen Douglas. Durham : Duke University Press, 2005.
- Thomas. 1995 The art of the body in Oceanic Art, T&H, London.
- Gell A. 1993 Wrapped in images OUP, Oxford
- M Lambek & A Strathern. 1998 Bodies and Persons: comparative perspectives. Cambridge UP, Cambridge.
- Picton J. 1989. African textiles. BMP, London (Clothworkers Library)
- Perani J. 1999. Cloth, dress and art patronage in Africa. Oxford.
- Renee E. 1995. Cloth that does not die. University of Washington, DC. Introduction
- Ross D. 1998. Wrapped in Pride: Ghananian Kente and African American identity. UCLA.
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.
- M Mauss. Essai sur le don. English The Gift: the form and reason for exchange in archaic societies: Routledge Classics, 2002, c1990. 2002
- A Henare, M Holbraad, S. Wastell 2006 Thinking through Things: Theorising Artefacts Ethnographically. Routledge. Read the introduction.
- Strathern M. 1997 Partners and consumers: making relations visible, in Schrift A The logic of the gift. Routledge, London.
- Osteen M. 2002. The question of the gift. Routledge. London. Chapter by Osteen.
- Miller D. 1987. Object domains, Ideology and Interests. From Material culture and Mass consumption. Blackwell, Oxford. Offprint. – see also D Hebdige 1988 Object as Image: the Italian scooter Cycle.
- Thomas N. 1989. Entangled Objects. Cambridge. Read Ch1.
- W Pietz 1985. The problem of the fetish I&II. RES 9. Harvard.
- W MacGaffey 1994 African objects and the idea of the fetish. RES 25 (Offprint available).
- E Apter & Pietz (Eds.) Fetishism as cultural discourse. Cornell UP, Ithica.
- 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
- Strathern M. 1999 Property, Substance and Effect: Anthropological essays on persons and things. Athlone, London. (Chapters one to three and concluding chapter.
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- E Viverios De Castro 1998 Cosmological deixis and Amerindian perspectivism JRAI 4 469-88.
- Weiner J. 2000 Tree leaf talk: a Heideggarian anthropology Oxford. Chapter 7 The community as a work of art.
- Leach J. 2002. Drum and Voice: Aesthetics and social process on the Rai coast of PNG. JRAI 8 (4).
- Rea W unpublished The Epa masquerades of Ekiti. Due in African Arts – copy on VLE.
- Guyer J 2017When and how does hope spring eternal in Personal and popular economics? Thoughts from West Africa to America in Miyazaki and Swedberg (Eds.) The Economy of Hope, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia.
- Verran H 2001 Science and an African logic University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
- Lippard, Lucy R.1998 The lure of the local: senses of place in a multicentered society. New York: New Press; London : I. B. Tauris.
- Eric Hirsch & Michael O'Hanlon. 1995. Anthropology of landscape: perspectives on place and space edited by Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Barbara Bender &
- Margot Winer. 2001. Contested landscapes : movement, exile and place Oxford : Berg
- Barbara Bender. 1993. Landscape: politics and perspectives Oxford: Berg
- Jay M. 1988. Scopic regimes of modernity. In H Foster (ed.) Vision and visuality. DIA/ Bay Press.
- Brennan T. 1996. Vision in context. Routledge. Read Chs.7-8.
- Nelson R. 2000. Visuality before and beyond the renaissance. CUP. Introduction and ch9.
- Bowman G. 1997. Identifying versus Identifying with the other. In W James After Writing culture. Routledge.
- Richards D. 1996. Masks of Difference: Cultural representations in literature
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
- Gell A. 1992. The technology of enchantment and the enchantment of technology. In Coote and Shelton Anthropology, art and Aesthetics.
- Rowlands M and Warnier. 1993. The magical production of iron in the Cameroon Grassfields, in Shaw (Ed) The Archaeology of Africa. Routledge.
- Pinney C. & Thomas N. 2001. Beyond Aesthetics Oxford, Berg. Chapters by Campbell and Kuchler.
- Rea W. Masquerade in Ikole – unpublished (see VLE)
- Rea W. 2017 Materialising Manifestation in Basu Ed. The Inbetweeness of things. Bloomsbury London.
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.
- Latour B 1991 We have never been modern, Harvard University Press
- Tambiah S. 1990 Magic, science, religion and the scope of rationality. Cambridge. Chapter one. Especially on Levy Bruhl.
- Horton R. 1993. Patterns of thought in Africa and the West Cambridge UP Ch 7 and 9 The Wittgenstein/ Fraser debate Magic, Religion and Science
- Viv Golding and Wayne Modest 2013 Museums and communities: Collectors, collections and collaborations. Bloomsbury, London.
- Paul O’Neill 2012 The culture of curating and the curating of culture(s). MIT Press, Cambridge.
Week 9. The artist as ethnographer and the modern Ethnographic museum
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?
- Coles A (ed). 2000 Site Specificity: the ethnographic turn. London
- Foster, Hal. “The Artist as Ethnographer” The Return of the Real, MIT Press, 1996, pp. 171- 203.
- Groys, Boris. “Art in the Age of Biopolitics – From artwork to Art Documentation”. In Documenta 11 Platform five (exhibition catalogue)
- Kwon, Miwon. One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity. Cambridge, Mass. and London, MIT Press, 2002. esp. chapters 5 and 6
- Mercer, Kobena. “Ethnicity and Internationality – New British Art and Diaspora-Based Blackness” Third Text 49, Winter 1999-2000.
- Wright, Chris and Schneider, Arnd. 2005. Contemporary Art and Anthropology. Berg. London
NOTE - Reading to be Added.
Week 10To Be confirmed
This list was last updated on 25/01/2021