Visual Culture


ARTH 786

The practice of examining contemporary visual culture produces cultural, social and political meaning. A language of visual culture builds from sets of symbols, strategies and messages. By looking at a range of visual material, from fine art to popular culture, this course explores representations and their relationships to ideological and institutional structures. Theories of media and mediation, text and image, and power and desire shape the investigation. This course introduces students to different forms of visual culture while comparing and contrasting these within a philosophical and historical setting. Prerequisite(s): Any 700-level ARLH or ARTH course or permission of the department chair.


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