|Module title||Visual Culture And Semiotics. Selected Issues|
|Module lecturer||dr Katarzyna Machtyl|
|Lecturer position||Assistant professor|
|Faculty||Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies|
To be announced
Module aim (aims)
- Achieving knowledge and skills concerning the most important theories in the field of visual semiotics
- Introducing basic terms, notions, methods applied in visual semiotics
- Developing cultural and intercultural competencies; student understands the complexity of various cultural traditions and intercultural relations; is able to analyze, interpret and discuss different visual representations in the view of semiotics; student is aware of the importance of the visual message and its impact on cultural and intercultural communication
Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)
A good command of the English language on a communicative level is required
Week 1: Introductory class
Week 2: Introduction to semiotics; why study semiotics?
Week 3: What visual culture is?
Week 4: Visual semiotics and / or art history; Structural and poststructural semiotics applied to an image
Week 5: Iconic signs – Ch. S. Peirce, Y. Lotman
Week 6: Visual advertisement - semiotic analysis
Week 7: Visual rhetoric – R. Barthes, U. Eco
Week 8: Globalisation, commercial semiotics and (anti-)consumerism in terms of semiotics
Week 9: Photographic message: R. Barthes
Week 10: Semiotics of cinema: Y. Lotman
Week 11: Semiotics of cinema: R. Barthes
Week 12: The pictorial turn and semiotics
Week 13: Do pictures want to be semiotically analyzed? / Students' presentations
Week 14: Students’ presentations
Week 15: Students’ presentations
Chandler, Semiotics – the basics, 4th edition, Routledge 2022 (or: online edition: D. Chandler, Semiotics for Beginners).
Barthes, The Kitchen of Meaning, in: R. Barthes, The Semiotic Challenge, University of California Press, 1994.
W.J.T. Mitchell, Showing seeing: a critique of visual culture, “Journal of Visual Culture” 2002 SAGE Publications (London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi), Vol 1(2): 165-181.
Bal, N. Bryson, Semiotics and Art History, “The Art Bulletin”, Vol. 73, No. 2 (Jun., 1991) (passages).
Rose, Semiology: laying bare the prejudices beneath the smooth surface of the beautiful, in: G. Rose, Visual methodologies. An Introduction to the Interpretation of Visual Materials, SAGE Publications 2007.
Barthes, The Rhetoric of an Image, in: R. Barthes, Image Music Text, Fontana Press. An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers 1997.
Eco, Towards a Semiological Guerrilla Warfare, 1983, 1976, 1973 by Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri-Bompiani, Sonzogno, Etos S.p.A.; English translation: 1986 by Harcourt, Inc.
Barthes, The Photographic Message, in: R. Barthes, Image Music Text, Fontana Press. An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers 1997.
Lotman, Semiotics of cinema, University of Michigan, cop. 1976 (passages).
Barthes, The Third Meaning. Research notes on some Eisenstein stills, in: R. Barthes, Image Music Text, Fontana Press. An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers 1997.
W.J.T. Mitchell, The Pictorial turn, in: Picture Theory. Essays on Verbal and Visual Representation, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago 1994.
W.J.T. Mitchell: What do pictures want? The Lives and Loves of Images, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago 2005 (passages).