Theories of the Visual


Examines the 'visual' as concept of major concern that traverses the debates of the modern and postmodern periods. Expands from the technological (painting, photography, cinema, television, and computation) to the theoretical and philosophical interpretation of visual culture. Examines major periods: from philosophical critique of visuality in 19th and early 20th c., to the height of cultural theory and criticism up until the 1970s; from the late 20th c. to the contemporary period that includes debates that expand our understanding of visual experience. Ends with introducing work that aims at decentralizing Western thought in the debate.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • ALP
Cross-Listed As
  • ARTSVIS 618S
  • CMAC 618S
  • LIT 618S
  • ROMST 618S
  • VMS 618S
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring