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HUM425: THOUGHT AND IMAGE

FALL 2017

M/W 12.35-1.50 in Hum 115

Dr. Sean Connelly

Office hours/ location: M/W 11-12 in Hum 219

Contact: connelly@sfsu.edu

The Project

The goals of this course are to introduce students to some useful methods for the analysis and interpretation of specific artistic forms and to deepen their understanding of a number of cultural movements and historical developments.

To that end, Humanities 425: Thought and Image explores the theme of Empire and Revolt, from the “imperial gothic” imagination of British colonialism to the Expressionists’s visual subversion of the German Empire to the literary and cinematic struggle with neocolonialism in post-independence Africa.

Taking the image— verbal, visual, and mental— as a primary object of study we will explore the ways in which art responds to its historical forces and vice versa. If the signifying practices of cultural production emanate from a “real” world of social conditions, does the symbolic realm, in turn, determine our circumstances? After all, “image” is also a verb, and “imaging” is activity that bridges the boundary between the ideal, or subjective, and the material, or objective.

Learning Outcomes

Diligent students can expect to complete this course with a basic knowledge of literary and film analysis and a greater fluency in world history.

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

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Basic Etiquette

ARRIVE ON TIME,  work completed, with a hard copy of the assigned text. All assignments should be typed and include name/date/course. No electronic devices should be used during class.

Ethics

CHEATING DESTROYS trust between teacher and student. If you can’t trust your teacher, then you deserve a new one. This principle applies to students as well.

As a general rule any ideas/words that are not your own should be cited. Yet intellectual honesty encompasses more than actively avoiding plagiarism. For example, reading a wikipedia entry rather than an assigned novel or allowing others to do your work for you are examples of cheating.

See http://www.sfsu.edu/~vpsa/judicial/titlev.html

Accessibility

If there’s anything I should know about you as a student, please talk to me RIGHT AWAY and I’ll do my best to help. See also: Disability Program and Resource Center (338-2472 or dprc@sfsu.edu).

Other resources

The SAFE Place – (415) 338-2208; http://www.sfsu.edu/~safe_plc/

Counseling and Psychological Services Center – (415) 338-2208; http://psyservs.sfsu.edu/

Additional information on rights and available resources: http://titleix.sfsu.edu

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The Work: Grading Rubric

4 page Essay 15%

Class Work 25% (class participation, group work, pop quizzes, in-class writing)

Midterm 20% (Short responses to key terms) 10/4

Empire in Africa Assignment 10% 9/20

Expressionism Presentation 10% 10/16, 10/18, 10/23

Final Exam 20%

Students are expected to complete the assigned readings, think about what they read, and actively participate in class discussion. Late work will not be accepted.

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Required Texts

Berger, Ways of Seeing 978-0140135152

Ngugi, Devil on the Cross 978-0143107361

Gibbs, Mise-en-Scene 978-1903364062

Haggard, She 978-0199536429

Kafka, The Trial 978-0805209990

Wolf, Expressionism 978-3836505284

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Sturken and Cartwright, Practices of Looking (excerpt): SturkenPractices

Barthes, “Rhetoric of the Image”: barthes-panzani

Bassie, Expressionism: Expressionism – Ashley Lassie_17969 

Bennett, et al., New Keywords (excerpts): NEWKEYWImage

Boahen, African Perspectives on Colonialism (excerpt): scramble

Bloch and Lukacs, “Presentation I” in Aesthetics and Politics (excerpt): BlochLukacsExp

Showalter, Sexual Anarchy (excerpt): King Romance

Villarejo, Film Analysis: The Basics (excerpt): VillarejoCH2  VillarejoGlossary

Note on Reading

BUY HARD COPIES of the right books! Read with a pencil. Flag significant passages. Always look for patterns. Talk about what you read.

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Internet Resources

http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/home

Yale Film Analysis Guide

BFI: British African Stories

Filmography

Black Girl; Shaka Zulu; Xala; Zulu

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Sandman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjgHbRrnjhU

Entartete Kunst: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QE4Ld1mkoM

Kafka (d. Soderbergh 1991): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjI2a7g1ZXs

KSM 1937 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikz3El7B8b0 and 1950

She https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hKj1Vk9OwA

The Trial (1962):

The Trial (1993):

The Trial (2014): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLno7SuA-ZE

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Schedule

(This schedule of assignments is subject to revision.)

Week ONE 8/23

Wednesday

Course Introduction.

Screen: McGurk Effect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-lN8vWm3m0

Bob Dylan Chrysler ad: https://vimeo.com/88460484

Week TWO 8/28-8/30

Monday

Due:  PRINT and read Sturken and Cartwright, Practices of Looking (excerpt)

Wednesday

Due: PRINT and read Bennett, “Image”; Barthes, “Rhetoric of the Image”

Various images.

Week THREE 9/4-9/16

Monday

NO CLASS

Wednesday

Due: Berger, Ways of Seeing (complete)

Week FOUR 9/11-9/13

Monday

Due: Berger, Ways of Seeing (complete)

Various images

Wednesday

Due: Haggard, She (vii-29 minimum)

Week FIVE 9/18-9/20

Monday

Due:  Haggard, She (to 124 minimum)

Wednesday

Due: Boahen, African Perspectives on Colonialism (excerpt)

Empire in Africa image assignment.

Week SIX 9/25-9/27

Monday

Due: Haggard, She (complete); Showalter, Sexual Anarchy (excerpt)

Wednesday

Due: Haggard, She (complete)

Week SEVEN 10/2-10/4

Monday

Review

Wednesday

MIDTERM

Week EIGHT 10/9-10/11

Monday

Due: Gibbs, Mise-en-Scene (through 66)

Wednesday

Due: Gibbs, Mise-en-Scene (complete)

Week NINE 10/16-10/18

Monday

Due: Wolf, Expressionism (complete)

Expressionism presentations

Wednesday

Due: Expressionism presentations

Week TEN 10/23-10/25

Monday

Due: Expressionism presentations

Wednesday

Due: Bloch and Lukacs, “Presentation I” in Aesthetics and Politics (excerpt)

Expressionism presentations?

Week ELEVEN 10/30-11/1

Monday

Due: Kafka, The Trial (through 87 minimum)

Wednesday

Due: Kafka, The Trial (through 110 minimum)

Week TWELVE 11/6-11/8

Monday

Due: Kafka, The Trial (through 198 minimum)

Wednesday

Due: Kafka, The Trial (through 231 minimum)

Week THIRTEEN 11/13-11/15

Monday

Due: Kafka, The Trial (complete)

Wednesday

Due: Kafka (d. Soderbergh 1991)

Film Analysis Assignment

Week FOURTEEN 11/20-11/22

FALL BREAK

Week FIFTEEN 11/27-11/29

Monday

Due: Ngugi, Devil on the Cross

Wednesday

Due: Ngugi, Devil on the Cross

Week SIXTEEN 12/4-12/6

Monday

Due: Ngugi, Devil on the Cross

Wednesday

Due: Ngugi, Devil on the Cross

Week SEVENTEEN 12/11

Monday

LAST CLASS MEETING/ FINAL EXAM

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