Photography in French and Francophone Literature (conducted in French)
Do photographs have meaning or are they always dependent on the texts that accompany them? Conversely, does photography have the power to transform the written word? This course explores how some of the most important writers and artists of the 20th and 21stcenturies have combined photography and text to create new forms of meaning and narrative. We will consider how words and images intersect, sometimes in conflicting ways, to negotiate new understandings of memory, autobiography, and selfhood, as well as the political effects of these experiments.
The course will reinforce your skills in textual and visual analysis and help you acquire the concepts and techniques necessary to study visual objects. It will also give you the opportunity to develop your creativity by inviting you to produce your own photo-text. The course does not assume any prior knowledge of photography or art history.
Authors and photographers studied may include Malek Alloula, Roland Barthes, André Breton, Sophie Calle, Annie Ernaux, Patrick Chamoiseau, Marc Garanger, Alix Cléo Roubaud, and Leïla Sebbar.
Prerequisite: permission of the department. 4 points.