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UGRD > ENGL > 438

Reading the Graphic: Texts and Images

Some scholars argue that our culture has become increasingly visual in recent years, and many worry that our ability to understand the complex power of images sometimes lags behind our ability to analyze and use words. This course aims to refine our ability to talk about visual representation, analyzing not only how words and images work together in what we read and see, but also how they collude in photographic essays, graphic novels, and illustrated stories. Classic examples of these genres will be surveyed in the effort to investigate the fascinating relationships between images and words, as well as the roles this relationship plays in our language and our ways of thinking about truth, story-telling, memory, identity, and power.

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