Visual Culture from the 19th until the 21st Century

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  • SS 12


Course Description

For British and American Cultural Studies visuality has always been an important aspect of analysis. But when W. J. T. Mitchell came up with the "pictorial turn" as a new approach to today's cultures in 1994, he was advocating a way of thinking about every aspect of 20th century cultures in visual terms. We will look at the history of visuality and will think about media-specific ways of visualizing in the arts and in photography, in films, tv, and on computers.
This is a project seminar. Every student will analyze a text and contribute to an extensive group presentation. You will design your own project which will be introduced, discussed, and developed cooperatively, with the whole seminar group.
There will be extra film viewing sessions on Mondays starting at 4 pm.

Course dates

  • Mon 2:15 - 3:45 pm
  • film screening: Mon 4:00 - 6:00 pm


  • R. 0.406