CULT 812: Visual Culture

CULT 812-001: Visual Culture
(Spring 2019)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M

Robinson Hall B105

Section Information for Spring 2019

This graduate seminar focuses on theoretical approaches to visual culture, conceived in a broad sense, paying particular attention to the question of visuality as a technique of power. We will address the production of visual culture as well as its global circulation, distribution, display, and consumption. In doing so, we will consider the centrality of vision and point of view to the establishment and maintenance of power structures as well as to modes of resistance to power. Examples of visual culture to be considered include: cinema, media, photography, fine art, surveillance photos/footage, patriotic art, memorials, maps, and ephemera. Readings include works by Theodor Adorno, Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, John Berger, Lisa Cartwright, Douglas Crimp, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Derek Gregory, Lisa Nakamura, Trevor Paglen, Christopher Pinney, and Marita Sturken, among others.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines theories, production, consumption, and reception of visual culture. Covers film, video, visual arts, music, display, ritual, performance, performativity, and theories of the aesthetic. Includes key readings from theorists such as Adorno, Artaud, Benjamin, Brecht, Bryson, Doane, Fiske, Heath, Marcuse, Merleau-Ponty, and Sartre. Notes: This course is designed for the PhD student. Those students not admitted to a PhD program are required to contact the instructor. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to a doctoral program or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Cultural Studies.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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