Visual Culture


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BARTHES, Roland: La chambre claire. Note sur la photographie, Paris: Cahiers du Cinema, Seuil, 1980.
CRARY, Jonathan, Suspensions of Perception. Attention, Spectacle and Modern Culture, Boston: MIT Press, 1999.
DIDI-HUBERMAN, Georges: Images malgré tout, Paris: Editions du Minuit, 2005.
ELKINS, James (ed.): Visual Literacy, London: Routledge, 2009.
FOUCAULT, Michel, Surveiller et punir. Naissance de la prison, Gallimard: Paris, 1990.
GIL, Isabel Capeloa : Literacia Visual. Estudos Sobre a Inquietude das Imagens, Lisboa: Edições 70, 2011.
KRAUSS, Rosalind, The Optical Unconscious, New Haven: MIT Press, 1994.
MIRZOEFF, Nicholas: Introduction to Visual Culture, London: Routledge, 2009
MITCHELL, W.J.T.: What do Pictures Want?, Chicago: Chicago U. Press, 2006.
SONTAG, Susan, On Photography, Middelesex: Penguin, 1998.
STURKEN, Marita; Lisa Cartwright: Practices of Looking. An Introduction to Visual Culture, Oxford: Oxford U. Press, 2003.

Teaching method

Teaching Methodologies: The seminar will consist of lecturing, joint discussion of assigned reading and
practical analysis of visual objects. Sessions will promote practice-based learning and bring together the close reading of theoretical texts with visual analysis.

Evaluation method

Evaluation: Evaluation is based on the principle of continuous and progressive assessment. It will assess
students’ skills in producing an autonomous and coherent critical discourse and the ability to develop original and theoretically sound approaches to the study of images. Participation is particularly encouraged. Students who fail to attend 2/3 of sessions will not pass. Assignments for the course include close reading of texts and a series of exercises of visual analysis. Learning assessment is based on the following items and percentages:
- Continuous assessment (participation and oral presentations) – 30%
- Term paper (15 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman 12; MLA citation rules) – 70%

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