English 24

Freshman Seminar: Visual Culture and Autobiography

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2008 Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Wong, Hertha
W 5-8 P.M. 300 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Momaday , N.S. : The Way to Rainy Mountain; Spiegelman, A.: Maus(Parts 1 & 2)


Visual culture is not just about pictures, but the (post) �modern tendency to picture or visualize experience��what W.J.T. Mitchell calls �the pictorial turn.� Not surprisingly, as contemporary writers and artists struggle to find forms that convey postmodern individual identities in multicultural, often urban, social landscapes, they experiment with visual/verbal forms of self-representation and self-narration: story quilts, family photo albums, letters, comic books (co-mix), artists� books, photo-biographies, video and film, performance art, home pages, �zines,� and more. Course requirements include attendance, participation, completion of in-class activities, and a short course journal. Please bring your journal to each class.

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