This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 628
  • Course: Master of Liberal Arts
  • Semester: III
  • Title: The Efficacy of Visual Images
  • Stream: History
  • Description:

    Vision and visuality: social construction of vision, cultural practices of looking; Ontologies of visual imagery: the idea of representation, images as powerful objects that circulate; Images and identity formations: class, caste, gender, religion, and language-based identities; Photojournalism: production of meaning in news-photographs, relationship between photographs and their accompanying verbal texts; Cinema: the power of the moving image, the responses of audiences; Visual Politics of Development: relationship between images and discourses of development, images professing economic development, images fostering human development; Anxiety of Images: reflections on censorship of fine arts, popular arts, and the press; Case studies in politics, ethics, and human rights: photographs of the Holocaust and the Abu Ghraib Prison; Case studies in social documentary: images of 1943 Bengal Famine, images of 1971 Bangladesh liberation war.

  • Text:

    S. Cohen and J. Young eds. The Manufacture of News: A Reader, Constable and Company Ltd, London, 1981.^$^Vicky Goldberg, The Power of Photography: How Photographs Changed our Lives, Abbeville Publishing Group, New York,1991.^$^Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others, Picador, New York, 2004.^$^Raminder Kaur and William Mazzarella, Censorship in South Asia: Cultural Regulation from Sedition to Seduction, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2009.^$^Walter Benjamin, Michael William Jennings, Brigid Doherty, Thomas Y. Levin, and E. F. N. Jephcott. The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge (Mass.), 2008.^$^Friedrich A Kittler and Anthony Enns, Optical Media: Berlin Lectures 1999. English ed.,Polity, Cambridge (UK), 2010.^$^Lotte Hoek, Cut-Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh, Columbia University Press, New York, 2013.