English 24

Freshman Seminar: Visual Culture and Autobiography

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2005 Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Wong, Hertha Sweet
W 10-11 205 Wheeler

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Momaday, N.S.: The Way to Rainy Mountain; Speigelman, A.: Maus I and II


"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. "

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