137 | CCN: 30813

Rhetoric of the Image

Instructor: Michael Mascuch,

4 Units

T/TH 12:30 - 2:00 PM, Wheeler 108 ///

This course surveys methods and theories of visual culture, including the rhetorics and discourses of images (still and moving), media (old and new), display, circulation, value, and interpretation. Topics explored will include: spectacle, reproduction, materiality, time, style, genre, archive, truth-value, and affectivity. Students will learn multi- and interdisciplinary uses of visual materials as objects of analysis, evidence, exchange, and argumentation.

Students will complete weekly reading responses to be handed in during class time on Thursdays, three papers, and a brief individual oral presentation. One of the three papers will count as the final exam.