EN 709 Visual Culture (Spring: 3)
This course will introduce students to basic concepts in the field of visual
culture studies. We will explore potential and limitations of a semiotic
approach to reading images drawn from popular culture and high art (with
help of Roland Barthes, John Berger, Mieke Bal, WJT Mitchell and others).
Readings will engage with the history of seeing as it is continually transformed
by technology, ideology, and various cultural institutions of knowledge
and control (through Benjamin, Crary, Krauss and others). Theoretical readings
will take us through methodologies and disciplines including psychoanalysis,
political theory, aesthetics, deconstruction, gender studies, philosophy,
and (yes, even) literature.
Last Updated: 29-JAN-13