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Interpreting Early Modern Visual Sources - 10 credits (HST805)

This course will introduce students to a wide range of early modern sources which they may not have thought of previously including in their studies. The course is designed to provide and introduction to the use and interpretation of early modern visual evidence in a wide variety of media. The manner in which historians can interpret and utilise visual materials will be discussed, and students will be encouraged to think of how they may incorporate such evidence into their own work. The course will consider, among other things, early modern portraiture, woodcuts and funeral monuments to examine the nature of early modern visual culture, and the messages which contemporaries sought to declaim in visual codes and languages within a largely illiterate society.