Reading Images: A Semiotic Approach to Cultural Analysis


Course Objective

Students become acquainted with: (1) the main theoretical concepts of
semiotics; (2) the semiotic practice of reading images; and (3) key
debates regarding the semiotic approach to reading images.

Course Content

How can we "read" an image? In order to answer this question, we: (1)
gain an overview of the main theoretical concepts of semiotics
(Saussure, Peirce, Barthes, Derrida, Benveniste); (2) look at two
prominent examples of the semiotic practice of reading paintings (Bal)
and photographs (Van Alphen); and (3) discuss a number of key debates
that arise when taking a semiotic approach to the reading of images
(word-image distinction, authorship, subjectivity, censorship).

Teaching Methods

Seminar meetings, 2 x 2 hours per week.

Method of Assessment

Written exam.


To be announced.

Target Audience

This module is part of the Master’s program English Literature in a
Visual Culture.

Additional Information

The level of English in this module is high.

General Information

Course Code L_ELMALTK006
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. R.V.J. van den Oever
Examiner dr. R.V.J. van den Oever
Teaching Staff dr. R.V.J. van den Oever

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