COMP 281 Spring 2013 Photography and Memory

Cross Listed as ARTH281
This course is an introduction to Visual Culture with a special focus on photography and its relationship to the construction of memory. Students will read western reflections on the practice and cultural impact of photography by critics such as Barthes, Baudelaire, Baudrillard, Bazin, Benjamin, Berger, Crimp, Derrida, Eco, Flusser, Greenberg, Hirsch, Kemp, Kracauer, Krauss, Metz, Mitchell, Moholy-Nagy, Solomon-Godeau, Sekula, Sontag, and Virilio. Students will supplement the theoretical and conceptual readings by examining photographs and collections of photography and their relationship to the construction of memory--from the personal album to museum collections and historical archives to the collected works of individual artists. Many class sessions will be held at the WCMA and local museums and libraries and students are encouraged to seek out and pursue projects that are meaningful to them.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: homework, active participation, presentation, short papers, final paper
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: based on the students' experience and desire to take the course
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3326
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COMP281-01(S) SEM Photography and Memory Division 1: Languages and the Arts Carrie Collenberg
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Schapiro Hall 129 3326
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