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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2006

HIS 383 • Visual Evidence in History

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39135 -TBA


Course Description

This course has two main goals: 1) to think about ways (old and new) to read visual images as historical evidence and 2) to conduct research and write an article-length paper that makes use of visual sources. The reading will begin with some theoretical works and some "how to" works for film and art historians, but the main focus of the reading will be close analysis of articles that use visual documents as evidence. The purpose of this analysis is to examine the ways historians have been using visual images, and the strategies historians use to construct their published articles. Course readings will be drawn from a variety of cultures and time periods and the course is open to students in all fields, all geographical and chronological concentrations.


Robert Nelson and Richard Shiff, Critical Terms for Art History David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction Sergei Eisenstein, Toward a Theory of Montage Jacqueline Rose, Sexuality in the Field of Vision T.J. Clark, The Painting of Modern Life C. Pinney and N. Peterson eds, Photography's Other Histories James Ryan, Picturing Empire : Photography and the Visualization of the British Empire Julia Adeney Thomas, "Photography, National Identity, and the 'Cataract of Times': Wartime Images and the Case of Japan." AHR vol. 103, no. 5, 1998 Philip J. Ethington, "Los Angeles and the Problem of Urban Historical Knowledge," AHR vol. 105, no 5 (2000) and: Timothy Burke, Our Mosquitoes Are Not So Big: Images and Modernity in Zimbabwe, in P. S. Landau and D. D. Kaspin, Images and Empires: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa Katerina Clark, Socialist Realism and the Sacralizing of Space, in The Landscape of Stalinism: The Art and Ideology of Soviet Space, eds E. Dobrenko and E. Naiman Daniel J Sherman, Post-Colonial Chic: Fantasies Of The French Interior, 1957 62, Art History, vol. 27, no. 5 (Nov 2004).


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