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Fall 2017-2018
SLA 509 / COM 505   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Photographic Modernisms: Russia and the West

Katherine M.H. Reischl

This course traces the history of the photographic medium from the introduction of the daguerreotype in 1839 to socially engaged documentary photography of the 1930s and beyond, questioning the notion of photography as a modernist artistic and documentary medium in Russia and the West. Central issues in the course are the role of authorship in photography and in the hybrid photo-textual spaces of print media, photography's politicization and instrumentation, and photography as a reflection of a shifting modernist vision.

Sample reading list:
Vladimir Nabokov, Mary
Ilya Ehrenburg, My Paris
Vasilii Razanov, Fallen Leaves
Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project
Ilf and Petrov, Single-Storied America
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22838 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   East Pyne Building   245   Enrolled:5 Limit:15