This module explores the art of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (founded in 1848), its international dissemination in the second half of the nineteenth century, and its artistic and critical legacy through to the present day. It re-evaluates the Pre-Raphaelite movement in the light of recent exhibitions, scholarly publications, and more popular representations of the group and their activities, including film and television. Can the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood be regarded as the first of the modernist avant-garde movements, and how does that change our understanding of the history of modern art? Should older views of Pre-Raphaelitism as an insular or parochial English movement be discarded? What should the agenda be for the next generation of Pre-Raphaelite studies? The module will develop students' knowledge and understanding of the history of modern art and of the critical issues surrounding modernism and modernity. It will draw on the abundant primary documentation that is available for the study of English art in this period, much of which has yet to be explored in the scholarly literature.
By the end of the module students should have acquired the following: