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Spring 2018-2019
* ECS 342 / COM 342 / ENG 349 (LA)   na, npdf

Literature and Photography

Eduardo L. Cadava

Since its advent in the 19th century, photography has been a privileged figure in literature's efforts to reflect upon its own modes of representation. This seminar will trace the history of the rapport between literature and photography by looking closely at a number of literary and theoretical texts that differently address questions central to both literature and photography: questions about the nature of representation, reproduction, memory and forgetting, history, images, perception, and knowledge.

Sample reading list:
Nadar, When I Was Photographer
Charles Baudelaire, Fleurs du Mal
Walter Benjamin, "Little History of Photography"
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red
Jacques Derrida, Athens, Still Remains

Reading/Writing assignments:
30-100 pages a week; two 8-10 page essays or one 16-20 page essay

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 35%
Paper in lieu of Final - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
Reading texts by Nadar, Baudelaire, Valery, Bergson, Breton, Proust, Kracauer, Jünger, Benjamin, Barthes, Carson, and Derrida, we will be interested not only in explicit discussion of photography - of which there will be many - but also in the ways in which these texts again and again have recourse to the language of photography.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40905 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:20 Limit:20 Closed