ENGLISH 232 - Introduction to Visual Culture
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Race and Visual Culture
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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In his introduction to The Matter of Images, Richard Dyer argues that, “how social groups are treated in cultural representation is part and parcel of how they are treated in life, that poverty, harassment, self-hate, and discrimination … are shored up and instituted by representation.” (1). Images are embedded with arguments about national identity and the social body. In this course, we’ll construct a vocabulary for reading images, and consider how the representation of different racial and ethnic groups shapes important cultural narratives. We’ll look at a few key historical moments when those narratives were in formation, and issues of representation were hotly debated. In this course, you will build a vocabulary for reading images, develop a critical awareness of the ways in which images matter, and develop strategies for critically responding to images and their contexts. Readings include Nicholas Mirzoeff, Susan Sontag, Richard Dyer, and Nell Irvin Painter.

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Course assessment is based on four essays, as well as class preparation and participation.

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ENGLISH 232 - Introduction to Visual Culture
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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