Word and Image
Do you like glossy magazines or comic books? Have you ever wondered what makes these forms of entertainment so popular and effective? Then come join us in Word and Image, where we explore the many functions of illustration in the act of reading and in the cultural reception of literary texts, examining the complex relationship between word and image from illuminated manuscripts to graphic novels. This course will give you a chance to work with modern “imagetexts” as well as with illustrated texts that are hundreds of years old while figuring out what techniques and materials are used for their dissemination and physical appeal. Along the way, we will address how the illustrations and decorations affect the cultural impact of a text and discuss the materials, techniques, and physical processes involved in their creation. Assignments will include two short papers, an in-class presentation, and a creative final project.