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Instructor Info:Eva Rueschmann
Office Extension x5378
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) ELH
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) ELH
Description: This course offers a multidisciplinary introduction to the study of visual culture and various critical methods for reading visual representations across different media, from fine art, photography, cinema to advertising, illustrations, performance, museum display, exhibitions, graphic novels and others. We will focus on how vision became a privileged sensory experience, means of scientific exploration, technological invention and cultural expression in the modern and postmodern eras. By examining visual arts and culture of the 20th and 21st centuries, students will be introduced to such diverse topics as spectatorship and subjectivity, the archive as site of cultural and visual memory; self-representation and self-fashioning; the influence of mechanical and digital technologies of reproduction on image-making; world views and spatial perception; representations of gender, race, class and sexuality in visual media, and the politics of museum display.