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ENGL 9942 PhD Seminar: Theorizing Visual Culture (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course will explore the interdisciplinary field of visual culture: the potential and the limitations of a semiotic approach to "reading" images drawn from popular culture and high art (with the help of Roland Barthes, John Berger, Mieke Bal, WJT Mitchell and others) and the history of seeing as it is continually transformed by technology, ideology, and various cultural institutions of knowledge and control (by way of Benjamin, Crary, Krauss and others). Theoretical readings will take us through a variety of methodologies and disciplines including psychoanalysis, political theory, aesthetics, deconstruction, gender studies, philosophy,and literature.


Instructor(s): Robin Lydenberg

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13