Course ObjectiveStudents 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 ContentHow 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 MethodsSeminar meetings, 2 x 2 hours per week.
Method of AssessmentWritten exam.
LiteratureTo be announced.
Target AudienceThis module is part of the Master’s program English Literature in a
Additional InformationThe level of English in this module is high.
|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|
dr. R.V.J. van den Oever
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