CC 205 - Word and Image

4 Credits
Section A: TR 10:30 - 11:45 am - Professor Danger
Section B: TR 12:00 - 1:15 pm - Professor Danger
Section C: TR 1:30 - 2:45 pm - Professor Buggeln
Section D: TR 3:00 - 4:15 pm - Professor Buggeln
Plenary: W 6:45-7:45 pm (Note: Wednesday evening plenary required for all sections.)
Fulfills humanities: fine arts requirement.


This course introduces students to certain problems in the history of visual and literary representation from Plato to the present. The course is divided into three sections. The first focuses on the authority of representations in the ancient world. The second section explores the rise of modern ways of seeing and human nature in eighteenth and nineteenth-century travel literature, and Romantic and Realist art and literature. Finally, we will be giving our attention to the ethical or moral duty of makers of images and texts in the modern world. Among the variety of questions that will be considered this semester are: What is representation and how do words and images operate? Can words claim legitimacy that images may not and vice-versa? What do makers of representations owe their viewers/readers?