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Textual and Visual Studies is an interdisciplinary programme exploring the complex relationship between textual and visual forms of apprehension and expression in the modern world, and their impact on European culture post-1900.

Designed for well-qualified arts graduates (or those who have attained an equivalent level) this interdisciplinary postgraduate programme explores the complex relationship between textual and visual forms of apprehension and expression in the modern world, and their impact on European culture post-1900. The focus of the two core modules2 will be on the graphic arts (poster, typography), photography, cinema, and contemporary digital-based media. Various theoretical approaches will be explored in relation to the word/image problematic as manifested in a number of European cultural traditions. Optional modules3 will focus on specific media (photography, cinema) or themes (the city, avant-gardes, national identity). The aim of the course will be to bring students to a high level of theoretical and practical awareness of the text-image relation in cultural expression, to equip them to analyse and evaluate the various forms text/image interaction takes, and to provide them with a training that will enrich their practice in other areas of study or professional engagement. Interested? Please contact the Course Director Justin Doherty ()

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will have acquired a broad awareness of the range and complexity of text-image interaction in modern cultural expression in Europe - in cinema, photography and digital media as well as in the graphic arts.
  • They will have been brought to a high level of theoretical and practical awareness of the text-image relation in cultural expression.
  • They will have been equipped to analyse and evaluate the various forms text/image interaction takes, and provided with a training that will enrich their practice in other areas of study or professional engagement.

Syllabus

Michaelmas Term: Core Module 1

  • Week 1 General Introduction to core 1 (RF/JD)
  • Week 2 Word & Image in cinema 1: Eisenstein (Justin Doherty)
  • Week 3 Word/Image in cinema 2: Vertov (Justin Doherty)
  • Week 4 Word/Image in cinema 3: Tarkovsky (Justin Doherty)
  • Week 5 Word/Image in cinema 4: Cinema in the digital age (JD)
  • Week 6 Typography & Functionalism 1 (Robin Fuller)
  • Week 7 STUDY WEEK
  • Week 8 Typography & Functionalism 2 (Robin Fuller) 
  • Week 9 Typography & Functionalism 3 (Robin Fuller)
  • Week 10 Functionalism and Alphabet Design (Robin Fuller) 
  • Week 11 Student presentations/essay preparation (RF/JD)
  • Week 12 Student presentations/essay preparation (RF/JD)

 

Hilary Term: Core module 2

  • Week 1 Word/Image relations 1 Word/image theory/practice (David Scott)
  • Week 2 Word/Image relations 2 Rhetoric of Text/Image (DS)
  • Week 3 Word/Image relations 3 Word/Image and Speed (DS)
  • Week 4 Word/Image relations 4 Posters & postage stamps (DS) 
  • Week 5 Word/Image in digital media 1 (Mads Haahr)
  • Week 6 Word/Image in digital media 2 (Mads Haahr) 
  • Week 7 STUDY WEEK
  • Week 8 The Photographic Image as Material Affect (Radosław Przedpełski)
  • Week 9 The Cine-Image as Process and Change (RP)
  • Week 10 Image/text in the Anthropocene: Event, Technology and the PostHuman (RP)
  • Week 11 Student presentations/essay preparation (DS/MH/RP)
  • Week 12 Student presentations/essay preparation (DS/MH/RP)

Assessment

Students will write an essay of 3,500-5,000 words and/or make a presentation on an approved topic relating to course content and covering at least two of the course texts or course authors (or one course text and one other). Essays should be submitted within four weeks of the end of the semester in which the course is taught.


Visit the Textual and Visual Studies (M.Phil.) page on the Trinity College Dublin website for more details!

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