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C LIT 371 A: Literature And The Visual Arts

Show and Tell: Image and Text

Meeting Time: 
MW 10:30am - 12:20pm
Location: 
MLR 316
SLN: 
11829
Instructor:
Will Mitchell

Syllabus Description:

Show and Tell: Image and Text

“What do pictures want?” asked critic W.J.T. Mitchell in a book of the same name. How do we read them and use them to tell stories about our world, our lives, our identities? Moreover, how do images interact with language and literary narration and what arises when text and image collide? This class will trace the history of vision from the advent of linear perspective through the digital age and examine the relationship between visual culture and narrative. We will examine how vision itself is conditioned by technologies of image production and how images interact with and impact text. Readings will span a broad historical period but center primarily on the late nineteenth and twentieth century when technological advancements allowed for the proliferation of images to saturate our culture. Texts will include Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida, Sebald’s The Emigrants, and Rancière’s The Future of Images among other readings.

Additional Details:

“What do pictures want?” asked critic W.J.T. Mitchell in a book of the same name. How do we read them and use them to tell stories about our world, our lives, our identities? Moreover, how do images interact with language and literary narration and what arises when text and image collide? This class will trace the history of vision from the advent of linear perspective through the digital age and examine the relationship between visual culture and narrative. We will examine how vision itself is conditioned by technologies of image production and how images interact with and impact text. Readings will span a broad historical period but center primarily on the late nineteenth and twentieth century when technological advancements allowed for the proliferation of images to saturate our culture. Texts will include Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida, Sebald’s The Emigrants, and Rancière’s The Future of Images among other readings. 

Catalog Description: 
Focuses on specific theoretical problems. Examines the relationship between text and image in a variety of art forms including poetry, novels, paintings, photography, essays, comic strips, film, and advertisement. Readings, in English, from a wide variety of national literatures.
Department Requirements Met: 
Elective for both Literature and Cinema
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:12pm
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