ENGLISH 232 - Introduction to Visual Culture
Fall 2022, 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, “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). In this introductory course we’ll consider how the representation of groups create arguments about national identity and the social body. We’ll look at a few key historical moments when those narratives were in formation, including the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, and Japanese-American internment in WWII. I

In this course you will build a vocabulary for reading images, develop critical awareness of the ways in which images matter, and generate strategies for critically responding to images and their contexts. Readings include articles and essays on visual culture and its role in particular historical moments. Course assessment is based on four short essays, as well as class preparation and participation.



ENGLISH 232 - Introduction to Visual Culture
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM

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