SPA 355 / COM 329 / LAS 355 (LA)
The Itinerant Languages of Photography
This course traces different modes of photographic itinerancy from the nineteenth century to the present and, in the process, offers an alternative transnational history of photography. The course accompanies an exhibition of the same title that will take place in the Princeton Art Museum in the fall of 2013. Like the exhibition, the course focuses on the circulation and exchange of images across cultural, social, and national borders; the dialogue between photography and other media; and the ways in which visual archives enact relationships among memory, history, and "photographic poetics."
Sample reading list:
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
Susan Sontag, On Photography
Walter Benjamin, A Short History of Photography
Borges, Jorge Luis, "El aleph"
M. Antonioni, Blow-up
Bellatin/Iturbide, El baño de Frida Kahlo
Approximately 50-70 pages reading per week; museum diary with short weekly entries; three short reading responses (3-4 pages each); one final paper (10-12 pages).
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%
Not Open to Freshmen.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
At least one of the following courses: SPA 222, 224, 227, 307, or equivalent, highly recommended.
Course taught in Spanish
Sophomores Only 2
Juniors Only 6
Seniors Only 1
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