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

Spring 2007

HIS 383M • Visual Culture in European History

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39960 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
bur 436a

Course Description

Just as scholars have come to understand the ways that historical experience is constituted by language and the ways people talk about themselves and others, historical experience is also constituted by the visual environment in which people worked, walked, learned, fought and played. This course focuses upon the theory and practice of the production and reception of visual objects and spaces in modern European history.

In this interdisciplinary course we will explore five central questions: (1) how have people in the past experienced their worlds visually? (2) how have people in the past constructed a visual record of their experiences? (3) what does visual evidence from the past tell us that other documents do not? (4) how do the answers to these first three questions affect the way we think about and write history? (5) how can you use visual evidence in your own research and teaching? This course will concentrate upon photography and film and it will be anchored geographically in Germany and Russia but we will also be reading work on France, Britain and European empires. Students from all fields and disciplines are welcome. Please note: This seminar is team-taught by Joan Neuberger and David Crew.


The material we will be reading for this course includes: Jacques Aumont, The Image (1997) Vanessa R. Schwartz and Jeannene M. Przyblyski, editors, The Nineteenth Century Visual Culture Reader (New York, 2004) Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida. Reflections on Photography ( New York: Hill and Wang, 1982) Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others (New York:Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003) Annette Kuhn, Family Secrets. Acts of Memory and Imagination (London: Verso, 2002) Khan-Magomedov, S.O. (Selim Ovarich), Rodchenko: the complete work (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1987) Anke Gleber, The art of taking a walk : flanerie, literature, and film in Weimar culture. / (Princeton, N.J. , 1999) Denise Youngblood, Movies for the Masses: Popular Cinema and Soviet Society in the 1920s (New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992) Johannes von Moltke, No Place Like Home. Locations of Heimat in German Cinema (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005)


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