19-20 FR1105: The Visual Image In French Culture And Society

The course comprises the following areas of study:

Image and Resemblance: the mimetic tradition; verisimilitude and visual representation; descriptive and expressive functions of the visual image; techniques of analysing visual images

Depth, Perspective, Time and Space: the tradition of one-point perspective; theories of representation; composition, distance and scale; angles of vision; the role of photography

Point of View: the role of the spectator; representation and ideology; art and politics; gendered representations

Semiology of the Visual Image: theories of Semiotics; denotation and connotation; approaches to decoding visual and linguistic messages; fixed and moving images.