E 387M • VISUAL RHETORIC
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Since the early decades of the nineteenth century, when advances in printing, paper manufacture, and engraving made cheap, mass-produced images broadly available, Western culture has been characterized as a visual culture. During the twentieth century visual technologies proliferated, especially in new electronic forms. In the last decade the World Wide Web has made possible for individuals to publish multimedia texts that formerly required entire production departments and studios. In spite of the proliferation of images in our culture and the ease of producing and publishing them, they remain a neglected area of study within the humanities. In the first half of the course we will examine the modern history of visual culture. In the second half we will focus more particularly on the combination of text, images, and other graphics, both in print and in multimedia formats. We will explore a range of scholarship that extends from the rise of illustrated newspapers and new image technologies in the nineteenth century to digital imaging and the multimedia Web.
Nicholas Mirzoeff. An Introduction to Visual Culture. London: Routledge, 1999. ISBN 0-415-15876-1 Gillian Rose. Visual Methodologies. London: Sage, 2001. ISBN 0-7619-6665-X Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright. Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. New York: Oxford UP, 2001. ISBN 0-19-874271-1