Animal Images: Representing Non-Human Life
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Cultural Studies
Course Number: LCST 3562
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Media Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Media & Culture
Non-human animals have been represented in various forms of media throughout history. From ancient instances of illustration upon cave walls paintings to the plethora of modern day visual media, images of "the animal" have consistently been produced by all human societies, and for a variety of complex purposes. This course traces the manykey instances of animal portrayal through the agesdifferent epochs, with emphasis on identifying the ways in which humans interact with, and maintain, relationships with animals through the creation of their mediated image. Drawing upon sociological and philosophicalinter-disciplinary theoretical viewpoints that explore the subject of the animal and humans"conceptions" of them, we examine and question potential psychological motivations and consequences involved in creating and interacting with animals via their presentation as emblems, friends, and partners, companions, humanized characters, and wild others. Examination of visual media is key to the course and students are expected to contribute image visual examples to the online course blog for collective analysis, as well as and co-creation of a digital gallery that will have an online opening at the end of the semester
Open to Undergraduate students.