SPR20HUM425

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HUM425: THOUGHT AND IMAGE

SPR 2020 TTh 2-3.15 in Hum 115

Sean Connelly, Ph.D Contact: connelly@sfsu.edu

Office hours/ location: M 11-12 and T 12.45-1.45 in Hum 416

The Project

The goals of this course are to introduce students to methods for the analysis and interpretation of specific artistic forms and to deepen their understanding of several of cultural movements and historical periods.

To that end, Humanities 425: Thought and Image explores the theme of Capitalist Modernity.

Taking the image— verbal, visual, and mental— as a primary object of study we will explore the ways in which art responds to socio-historical forces.

Learning Outcomes

Students who do the work will complete the course with a solid foundation in the formal analysis of literature and film, a general knowledge of 20th century US history, and a toolkit of theoretical concepts with which to explore the relationship between culture and ideology.

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. Only documented absences for medical or legal reasons are excused.

Electronic devices

On its own, a cell phone is not an adequate educational tool. The course blog, for example, is best viewed on a computer. Unless I specifically request it, NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES SHOULD BE USED DURING CLASS.

Intellectual Honesty

CHEATING DESTROYS TRUST between teacher and student. Any ideas or words that are not your own should be cited. Yet academic fraud encompasses more than plagiarism. Reading a wikipedia entry rather than an assigned novel or allowing others to do your work for you are also examples of cheating.

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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. The DPRC is located in the Student Service Building and can be reached by telephone (voice/TTY 415-338-2472) or by email dprc@sfsu.edu). dprc@sfsu.edu).

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

Effort and Engagement (Attendance, punctuality, cell phone discipline, verbal participation, in-class work) 30%

2 Keyword Tests 10% each for a total of  20% 

Film Analysis Presentation (group presentation and written formal analysis) 25%

Final Exam 25%

In-class kw tests are graded on a scale of 0-4. 

0 = Assignment not completed

1 = Little to no comprehension of the text or its themes, resulting in an inability to connect ideas.

2 = Made an effort and some aspects of the response are adequate, though there is a tendency to repeat what was said in class rather than to think independently. Overall, not good enough.

3 = Competent/ promising.

4 = Superlative.

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Important Dates

9/2: Labor Day. No class.

2/14: Last day of Drop/Add

*2/19: KW1

*2/26: KW1 Revision

*3/11: KW2

3/24:CR/NC Deadline

3/31: Cesar Chavez Day

4/27: Withdrawal Deadline

4/29, 5/4, 5/6: Film Presentations

*5/15: FINAL EXAM

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Required Texts

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

Berger, Ways of Seeing

Dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer

Mabanckou, Blue, White, Red

Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto

Priest, Inverted World

E-reader

Crary, “Image”: nkwidenideoimag

Eagleton, “Capitalism and Form”: Capitalism and Form

Pizer, et al, “Figures” from The Paintings and Drawings of John Dos Passos: DosPassosPaintings

Williams, “Hegemony”: WmsHegemony

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Schedule

(NOTE: THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO REVISION.)

WEEK ONE

1/27

Introduction

First Assignment: Take the Political Compass test. Print a hard copy of your results and bring them to class. Read Crary, “Image”

1/29

Due: Political Compass test results. Complete part two of the Political Compass Assignment (group work, individual statement). Discuss “Image”.

Assignment: Marx and Engels, “Communist Manifesto”

UNIT ONE: The Social Construction of Seeing

Readings: Crary, “Image”; Marx and Engels, Communist Manifesto; Williams, “Hegemony”; Berger, Ways of Seeing

WEEK TWO

2/3

Due: Marx and Engels, Communist Manifesto

2/5

Due: Williams, “Hegemony”; Marx and Engels, Communist Manifesto

In-class: Select a sequence of panels from CM and explain how text and images relate to one another.

WEEK THREE

2/10

Due: Berger, Ways of Seeing

2/12

Due: Berger, Ways of Seeing

WEEK FOUR

2/17

LAST DAY OF DROP/ADD

Due: Berger, Ways of Seeing

2/19

KW1

Clips: Young Marx

UNIT TWO: Images of the City

Readings: Dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer; Spindler, “John Dos Passos and Visual Art”

WEEK FIVE

2/24

Due: Manhattan Transfer

In class: Discuss KW1 results in groups, produce one group “revision” of KW1

Clip: Manhatta

2/26

Due: Manhattan Transfer

Screen: Berlin: Symphony of a City

WEEK SIX

3/2

Due: Manhattan Transfer

3/4

Due: Manhattan Transfer

WEEK SEVEN

3/9

Due: Manhattan Transfer

3/11

Due: KW2

WEEK EIGHT

3/16

Due: German Expressionism reading

In class: Discuss KW2 results

3/18

Due: Expressionist image assignment

 

WEEK NINE

SPRING BREAK

 

UNIT THREE: Progress

Readings: Priest, Inverted World; Gray, “An Illusion With a Future”

WEEK TEN

3/30

Due: Inverted World

4/1

Due: Inverted World; Gray, “An Illusion With a Future”

WEEK ELEVEN

4/6

Due: Inverted World

4/8

Due: Inverted World

WEEK TWELVE

4/13

Due: Inverted World

4/15

Due: Inverted World

UNIT FOUR: Migrants and Ambience Makers 

Readings: Mabanckou, Blue White Red; Thomas, “La Sape: Fashion and Performance”

WEEK THIRTEEN

4/20

Due: Blue White Red

In class: The Congo Dandies

4/22

Due: Blue White Red; Thomas, “La Sape”

WEEK FOURTEEN

4/27

Due: Blue White Red

4/29

Due: Blue White Red

Film Presentations

WEEK FIFTEEN

5/4

Due: Blue White Red

Film Presentations

5/6

Due: Blue White Red

Film Presentations

WEEK SIXTEEN

5/11

Due: Blue White Red

Film Presentations

5/12

FINAL EXAM