Course Schedule

Week One Introduction
January 8

Andrew Darley, Visual Digital Culture: Surface Play and Spectacle in New Media Genre (1-58, 124-198)

Week Two Benjamin's Concept of Mechanical Reproducibility I
January 15 Walter Benjamin, "TheWork of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"
Week Three Benjamin's Concept of Mechanical Reproducibility II
January 22 Walter Benjamin, "TheWork of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"
Week Four Benjamin Reconsidered
January 29 Walter Benjamin, "On Some Motifs in Baudelaire"
  *Theodor W. Adorno, "On the Fetish-Character in Music and the Regression of Listening"
Week Five Perspective, Body, and the Modern Culture of Seeing
February 5 Jonathan Crary, Techniques of the Observer
Week Six  
February 12 No Class
Week Seven Perceptions of Photography / Photographic Perceptions
February 19 Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
  Susan Sontag, On Photography
Week Eight Film: What is the Medium's Message?
February 26 Friedrich Kittler, Gramophone, Film, Typewriter
Week Nine  
March 5 No Class: Spring Break
Week Ten Filming Photographic Reproduction: Three Test Cases
March 12 Michelangelo Antonioni, Blow Up
  Alfred Hitchcock, Rear Window
  Michael Powell, Peeping Tom
Week Eleven The Image and the Postmodern
March 19 *Jean Baudrillard, The Evil Demon of Images
  *Fredric Jameson, "Transformations of the Image in Postmodernity"
Week Twelve Theorizing the Digital Image
March 26 *William J. Mitchell, The Reconfigured Eye: Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era (1-57)
  *Philip Rosen, "Old and New: Image, Indexicality, and Historicity in the Digital Utopia"
Week Thirteen Past vs. Present: How New are the New Media?
April 2 Jay Bolter and Richard Gruisin, Remediation: Understanding New Media (2-87, 104-112, 132-159, 230-271)
Week Fourteen Digitizing Photography: The Case of Andreas Gursky
April 9 *Peter Galassi, "Gursky's World"
Week Fifteen Digital Culture: Act Globally, Think Locally?
April 16 Mark Poster, What's the Matter with the Internet?


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