Canceled for Summer 2020
How do images help or hurt us? How one should go about interpreting images? How do particular kinds of visual media (painting, imitative poetry, tragic drama, photography, film, videogames) affect how we interpret what we see – including how we see ourselves? In this course, through readings, screenings, museum visits, and our own creation and manipulation of images, we will consider how philosophers, writers, artists, and filmmakers have attempted to answer these questions, and consider our own responses. If you want to get a taste of what goes on in college-level discussion courses in the humanities (particularly the Core sequences in the College at UChicago), if you wonder what literary and pictorial works by Plato or Botticelli might have to say to you, if you love watching movies or going to museums or playing video games and talking about what you've seen, or if you are into making visual artworks (whether with paint, your cellphone, or even make-up), this course is for you.
The course serves as an excellent introduction to the kind of close reading, interpretive, and discussion skills that undergraduates learn in the College at the University of Chicago.
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