Fall 2012

Word / Life / Image

Listed in: English, as ENGL-485  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-485


Anston L. Bosman (Section 01)
Andrew R. Johnston (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 485 and FAMS 485.)  How do words and images bring each other to life?  How have different graphic and material instantiations articulated their separation or union?  This seminar will explore the relationship between word and image across different media forms and historical periods, continually asking how they mutually animate, constrain, and give shape to one another. Studying works such as illustrated and graphic novels, theatrical performances, films, and digital works we will attend at once to the intersection between material form and aesthetic experience. Over the course of this seminar we will engage with key concepts and topics including ekphrasis, adaptation, remediation, and synaesthesia while reading theoretical and historical texts by classical and Renaissance authors as well as contemporary critics from Maurice Merleau-Ponty to Katherine Hayles.  Primary texts may include works by Shakespeare, William Blake, Lewis Carroll, Virginia Woolf, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Dziga Vertov, W.G. Sebald, William Gibson, and Miranda July.  One three-hour class meeting per week.

Open to juniors and seniors.  Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Bosman and Visiting Professor Johnston.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012