Undergraduate Seminar: Visual Culture and British India
This seminar engages with recent groundbreaking scholarship in the field of art and the British Empire, focusing on visual material relating to British India in the nineteenth century. We will consider a range of media, including prints, photographs, sculpture, painting, and material culture. The seminar will emphasize visual analysis and, where possible, we will look at objects in local collections. Over the course of the semester we will discuss a variety of critical approaches to the study of art and empire. We will consider processes of display, reproduction, and circulation; explore objects as sites of cultural exchange; and investigate questions of agency, power, and politics.