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Fall 2016-2017
GER 517 / MOD 517 / ART 517 / COM 519   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Modernism and Modernity - Aesthetics of Surveillance

Thomas Y. Levin

Taking up Orwell's master trope of distopic futurity, this seminar in comparative media aesthetics and theory explores the paranoid logic of surveillance in its literary, architectural, artistic and, above all, technological (photographic, cinematic, digital) manifestations in order to unpack a category that is at once a political tactic, a narrative strategy, a theory of the subject, an architectural model, a mode of spectatorship and, quite possibly, the paradigmatic epistemology of the cinematic medium.

Sample reading list:
Bentham, Panopticon Writings
Foucault, Discipline and Punish
Virilio, War and Cinema
Finn, Capturing the Criminal Image
Texts by Heidegger, Zizek, Deleuze, Orwell,
Zamyatin, Dürrenmatt, and others.,
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 60%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other information:
The seminar is conducted in English; however, all readings are available in their original language as well. Of interest to students in literature, architecture, art history, history and anthropology. Attendance at weekly screenings is essential.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22646 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   East Pyne Building   205   Enrolled:19 Limit:19 Closed
23559 F01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm M   McCormick Hall   106   Enrolled:19 Limit:21