Photography and Representation|
Fall 2009 not offered
PHIL 336, AMST 364|
Photography has given rise to theoretical and critical reflections since its emergence in the 19th century. This seminar will examine some of the theoretical problems posed by photographic practice (in aesthetics, history, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language) and the photographic problems that have been posed by modern theory (in genres as diverse as the snapshot, portraits, and forensic photography). Some of the themes to be explored include photography's relation to problems concerning memory, identity, sexuality, realism, fantasy, and politics. The goal of the course is to enable students to think more clearly about how photographic images tell the truth, how they lie, how they inspire, and how they generally affect thinking and feeling.
Writing: Students will write short papers, or a long essay paper. This will allow them to develop their ability to make historical and theoretical arguments about visual material.
Interpretation: Students will be challenged to develop their capacity to make meaning from photographic images made and distributed in very different cultural contexts.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ARST)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three short papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance at History and Theory Conference on Photography and Historical Truth is required. Conference will take place on the Wesleyan campus November 7 and 8, 2008.
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