COML 4176

COML 4176

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2014-2015.

The language of "capture" left hunting and military idioms at the end of the 19th century to pervade today's aesthetic, scientific, technological and critical lexicons. This course examines how this leap from the literal to the metaphorical signaled a sea change in the representation of animal life. Looking at an array of literary, artistic and philosophical texts, the course surveys key contributions to thinking through how mechanized technologies of capture (microscopes, photography, cinema, microphones, etc.) informed and transformed our modern conceptions of subjectivity and objectivity, art and non-art, reality and virtuality, life and death, the animal and the human. Authors may include Flaubert, Poe, Welty, Muybridge, Marey, von Uexküll, Benjamin, Deleuze and Guattari, Herzog, Crary, Chow, Rancière, Haraway.

When Offered Fall.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: 15 students.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (LA-AS)
Satisfies Requirement Core Course for Comparative Literature Majors.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ROMS 4176VISST 4176

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17057 COML 4176   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode:
    Core Course for Comparative Literature Majors. Limited to 15 students.