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Douglas Fordham

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Art
Office location and address
151 Rugby Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
PhD Yale University, 2003
Biography

Douglas Fordham teaches, lectures, and publishes widely on eighteenth-century visual culture. He is the author of British Art and the Seven Years' War: Allegiance and Autonomy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010) and a co-editor with Tim Barringer and Geoff Quilley of Art and the British Empire(Manchester University Press, 2007). Common themes running through his publications include the impact of political contingency on artistic form, the role of empire and globalization in the formation of Western art, and the relationship between representation and ecology.

Fordham earned his doctorate at Yale University in 2003 under the direction of Tim Barringer. He then worked as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at Columbia University until 2005 when he joined the faculty of the University of Virginia. He has received research and publication grants from the Paul Mellon Centre in London, the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, and the Folger Institute in Washington, D.C.

In addition to scholarly conferences, Fordham has had the pleasure of delivering public lectures at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the British Museum in London, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, and the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, CT.

ARTH 1500: Introductory Seminars in Art History
Credits: 3
Introductory Seminars in Art History are small classes for first- and second-year students that emphasize reading, writing, and discussion. While subject varies with the instructor, topics will be selected that allow students to engage broad issues and themes historically and in relationship to contemporary concerns and debates. Subject is announced prior to each registration period. Enrollment is capped at 15.
ENGL 1500: Masterworks of Literature
Credits: 3
An introduction to the study of literature. Why is imaginative literature worth reading and taking seriously? How do we prepare ourselves to be the best possible readers of imaginative literature?
ARTH 1505: Topics in Art History
Credits: 3–4
Examines focused topics in Art History.
ARTH 2352: Art of Revolutionary Europe
Credits: 3–4
Surveys European painting and sculpture from the last decades of the Ancien Regime to the liberal revolutions of 1848. Major artists, such as David, Canova, Ingres, Constable, Turner, Gericault, Delacroix, Friedrich, Goya, Corot, and Thorvaldsen are examined in their political, economic, social, spiritual, and aesthetic contexts.
ARTH 4591: Undergraduate Seminar in the History of Art
Credits: 3
Subject varies with the instructor, who may decide to focus attention either on a particular period, artist, or theme, or on the broader question of the aims and methods of art history. Subject is announced prior to each registration period. Representative subjects include the life and art of Pompeii, Roman painting and mosaics, history and connoisseurship of baroque prints, art and politics in revolutionary Europe, Picasso and painting, and problems in American art and culture. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ARTH 4998: Undergraduate Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Research for a thesis of approximately 50 written pages undertaken in the fall semester of the fourth year by art history majors who have been accepted into the department's Distinguished Majors Program.
ARTH 4999: Undergraduate Thesis Writing
Credits: 3
Writing of a thesis of approximately 50 written pages undertaken in the spring semester of the fourth year by art history majors who have been accepted into the department's Distinguished Majors Program.
ARAH 8095: Dissertation Proposal
Credits: 3
Preparation of a 15-20 page dissertation proposal under the supervision of a dissertation advisor.
ARAH 8695: Special Reading Problems
Credits: 3–12
Special Reading Problems
ARAH 8998: Non-Topical Rsch, Masters Prep
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
ARAH 8999: Non-Topical Research, Masters
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
ARAH 9535: Seminar in 18th/19th Art
Credits: 3
Investigates problems in 18th-19th century art
ARAH 9565: Seminar in Art Theory, Comparative & Other Topics
Credits: 3
Investigates problems in architecture theory, comparative, and other topics
ARAH 9995: Supervised Research
Credits: 3–12
Supervised Research
ARAH 9998: Non-Topical Rsch,Doctoral Prep
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
ARAH 9999: Non-Topical Research, Doctoral
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.