Laocoon

English 8710
Studies in Criticism:
Text and Image

Fall 1997 / Tuesdays, 12:20˝2:35
Lind Hall 325 / Michael Hancher

THE DIALECTIC of text and image has long provoked theoretical speculation and promises to be increasingly important in the next century. This seminar will examine canonical and more recent accounts of that relationship, to assess their variety and also to identify approaches likely to be useful. Students will prepare a collaborative, annotated bibliography of selected studies of verbal-visual relationships, to be published on the World Wide Web. They will also develop individual projects in any of several relevant areas, ranging from history painting to book illustration to film to computer graphics.
 

Schedule of class meetings (tentative)

30 Sept
    Introduction.

7 Oct
    Icons and emblems: Excerpts from Cesare Ripa, Iconology (1593), transl. George Richardson (1779); and George Wither,  A Collection of Emblemes (1635) (course packet).

14 Oct
    Learning by seeing: Excerpts from John Comenius, Orbis Sensualium Pictus, trans. Charles Hoole (1658), and from John Locke, Essay Concerning the Human Understanding (1690); Hancher, "Definition, Pictorial Illustration, and Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding" (all in course packet).

21 Oct
    Laocoön: Virgil (70˝19 B.C.), Aeneid, transl. John Dryden (1697); book 2, excerpts (course packet); Gotthold E. Lessing, Laocoön (1766), transl. Edward A. McCormick.

28 Oct
    Semiosis: Charles Sanders Peirce, "A Second Trichotomy of Signs" and "The Icon, Index, and Symbol," Collected Papers (1931) 2: 143˝44, 156˝73 (on reserve in Wilson Library); Nelson Goodman, The Languages of Art (1968) 3˝98, 127˝73, 225˝41.
 
4 Nov
    Image and code: E. H. Gombrich, "Image and Code: Scope and Limits of Conventionalism in Pictorial Representation" (1978), The Image and the Eye 278˝97 (on reserve in Wilson Library); W. T. J. Mitchell, Iconology: Image, Text, Ideology (1987).

11 Nov
    Mechanical reproduction: Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" (1936), Illuminations 217˝51(on reserve in Wilson Library); William M. Ivins, Prints and Visual Communication (1953); Roland Barthes, "The Plates of the Encyclopedia" (1964), New Critical Essays 23˝39 (on reserve in Wilson Library).

18 Nov
    Illustration: J. Hillis Miller, Illustration (1992).

25 Nov
    Seminar presentations.

2 Dec
    Seminar presentations.

9 Dec
    (Possible.) Seminar presentations.


Textbooks (required; to be stocked in Williamson Hall bookstore)

Textbooks (supplementary; a few copies to be stocked in Williamson Hall bookstore)

On reserve in Wilson Library

Barthes, Roland.
  New critical essays / Roland Barthes ; translated by Richard
Howard.
Berkeley : University of California Press, 1990, c1980.
LOCATION: WILSON PQ139 .B3213 1990
  - Includes "The Plates of the Encyclopedia" (1964), 23-39.

Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940.
  Illuminations. Edited and with an introd. by Hannah Arendt. Translated by
Harry Zohn.  <1st ed.>  New York, Harcourt, Brace & World <1968>
LOCATION: WILSON 834B436 JI
 ˇ Includes "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" (1936), 217-51.

Gombrich, E. H. (Ernst Hans), 1909-
  The image and the eye : further studies in the psychology of
pictorial representation / E. H. Gombrich.Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1982.
LOCATION: WILSON 701.15 G585i
 - Includes Image and Code: Scope and Limits of Conventionalism in Pictorial Representation," 279-97.

Peirce, Charles S. (Charles Sanders), 1839-1914.
  Collected papers (vol. 2)
Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1931-58.
LOCATION: WILSON 194P353 I, vol. 2
  - Includes "A Second Trichotomy of Signs " and "The Icon, Index, and Symbol," 143˝44, 156˝73.

Some relevant journals

Acta (State University of New York at Binghamton. Center for
  Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies)
  <Binghamton, N.Y.> : Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance
Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton, c1974-
Vol. 1-
LOCATION: WILSON CB351 .A15
  - Vol. 10 (1986) is titled "Text and Image."

Representations (Berkeley, Calif.)
  Representations. -- 1 (Feb. 1983)-   = Vol. 1, no. 1 (Feb. 1983)- --    Berkeley, Calif. : University of Calif. Press, c1983-
LOCATION: WILSON Periodicals

Semiotica.
  Hague <etc.> Mouton Publishers <etc.>
v. 1-   1969-
LOCATION: WILSON Periodicals

Visible language.  v. 5- winter 1971- .
  Cleveland, Ohio, <etc.>
  Continues: Journal of typographic research
  "Journal for research on the visual media of language expression."
LOCATION: WILSON Periodicals

Word & image. -- Vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1985)- -- London : Taylor & Francis,
  1985-
LOCATION: WILSON Periodicals

Some relevant books

Andersen, P. B. (P. Bogh)
  A theory of computer semiotics : semiotic approaches to
construction and assessment of computer systems / Peter Bogh
Andersen. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
LOCATION: WALTER QA76.9 .H85 A63x 1997

Babbitt, Irving, 1865-1933.
  The new Laokoon; an essay on the confusion of the arts
Boston New York, Houghton Mifflin company, 1910.
LOCATION: 140 B11

Bal, Mieke, 1946-
  Reading "Rembrandt" : beyond the word-image opposition : the
Northrop Frye lectures in literary theory / Mieke Bal.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
LOCATION: WILSON ND653 .R4 B18 1991

Bath, Michael.
  Speaking pictures : English emblem books and Renaissance
culture / Michael Bath.
London ; New York : Longman, 1994.
LOCATION: WILSON PR535 .E5 B38 1994

Bieber, Margarete, b. 1879.
  Laocoon; the influence of the group since its rediscovery.
Rev. and enl. ed.
Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1967.
LOCATION: WILSON 733.3 B475

Blake, William, 1757-1827.
  Milton a poem, and the final illuminated works : The ghost of
Abel, On Homers poetry, <and> On Virgil Laocoon / edited
with introductions and notes by Robert N. Essick and Joseph
Viscomi.
Princeton, N.J. : William Blake Trust/Princeton University
Press, c1993.
LOCATION: WILSON Quarto PR4144 .M6 1993
 
Bland, David.
  A history of book illustration: the illuminated manuscript and
the printed book.
2nd ed.
London, Faber, 1969.
LOCATION: WILSON Quarto 019.34 B61ha

Brenni, Vito Joseph, 1923-
  Book illustration and decoration : a guide to research / compiled by Vito J.
Brenni. -- Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1980.
LOCATION: WILSON Ref NC960 .B73x 1980
 -- Annotated bibliography.  Chapters: Reference Works; Book Decoration; Manuals of Illustration and Other Writings on Technique; History of Methods of Illustration; History of Book Illustration from Ancient Times to the Present Day; History of Book Illustration and Decoration in the Countries of the World; Illustration and Decoration in Children's Books; Science and Technology; Medicine; Music; Geography and History.

Bridson, Gavin D. R.
  Printmaking & picture printing : a bibliographical guide to artistic & industrial techniques in Britain, 1750-1900 Oxford <Oxfordshire> : Plough Press ; Williamsburg, Va. : Bookpress, 1984.
LOCATION: WILSON Ref Quarto Z117 .B84 1984

Bryson, Norman, 1949-
  Word and image : French painting of the ancien regime / Norman
Bryson.
Cambridge <Cambridgeshire> ; New York : Cambridge University
 Press, 1981.
LOCATION: WILSON 709.44 B848

Carson, David.
  The end of print : the graphic design of David Carson / by
Lewis Blackwell and David Carson ; introduction by David
Byrne.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1995.
LOCATION: WILSON Quarto NC999.4 .C375 A4 1995

Comenius, Johann Amos, 1592-1670
  The Orbis pictus of John Amos Comenius. Syracuse, N.Y., C. W.
Bardeen, 1887.
Detroit, Singing Tree Press, 1968.
LOCATION: WALTER 478.6 C73Eo

Comenius, Johann Amos, 1592-1670.
  Orbis sensualium pictus, facsimile of the third London edition
1672, with an introduction by James Bowen.
Sydney, Sydney University Press, 1967.
LOCATION: WALTER 372.65 C734

Daly, Peter M. (Peter Maurice)
  The English emblem : bibliography of secondary literature / by Peter M. Daly
and Mary V. Silcox. -- Munchen ; New York : K.G. Saur, 1990.
LOCATION: WILSON Ref Z1021.3 .D35 1990

Diehl, Huston, 1948-
  An index of icons in English emblem books, 1500-1700 / by
Huston Diehl.
1st ed.
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c1986.
LOCATION: WILSON Reference (Non-Circulating) Quarto Z1021.3 .D53 1986

Donald, Diana.
  The age of caricature : satirical prints in the reign of
George III / Diana Donald.
New Haven : Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies
in British Art by Yale University Press, 1996.
LOCATION: WILSON Quarto DA505 .D73 1996

Drucker, Johanna, 1952-
  The visible word : experimental typography and modern art,
1909-1923 / Johanna Drucker.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1994.
LOCATION: WILSON Z124 .D78 1994

Freedberg, David.
  The power of images : studies in the history and theory of
response / David Freedberg.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c1989.
LOCATION: WILSON N71 .F65 1989

Gascoigne, Bamber.
  How to identify prints. : a complete guide to manual and
mechanical processes from woodcut to ink jet; with 271
illustrations, 39 in color / Bamber Gascoigne.
<New York> : Thames and Hudson, 1991.
LOCATION: WILSON NE400 .G3x 1991

Goldsmith, Evelyn.
  Research into illustration : an approach and a review / Evelyn Goldsmith. --
Cambridge <Cambridgeshire> ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984.
LOCATION: WILSON NC960 .G65 1984

Gombrich, E. H. (Ernst Hans), 1909-
  Art and illusion:3rd ed.London, Phaidon, 1968.
LOCATION: WILSON 701.15 G585b

Griffiths, Antony.
  Prints and printmaking : an introduction to the history and
techniques / Antony Griffiths.
Berkeley : Los Angeles : University of California Press,
c1996.
LOCATION: WILSON NE400 .G74 1996

Harthan, John P.
  The history of the illustrated book : the Western tradition /
John Harthan.
New York : Thames and Hudson, 1981.
LOCATION: WILSON Quarto 019.34 H253

Hodnett, Edward, 1901-
  Five centuries of English book illustration / Edward Hodnett. -- Aldershot
<Hampshire> : Scolar Press, 1988.
LOCATION: WILSON Ref Quarto NC978 .H55 1988

Hodnett, Edward, 1901-
  Image and text : studies in the illustration of English literature / Edward
Hodnett. -- London : Scolar Press, 1982.
LOCATION: WILSON 019.34 H669

Hollander, John.
  The gazer's spirit : poems speaking to silent works of art /
John Hollander.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1995.
LOCATION: WILSON PS3515 .O3485 G39 1995

Hulse, Clark, 1947-
  The rule of art : literature and painting in the Renaissance /
Clark Hulse.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c1990.
LOCATION: WILSON NX450.5 .H8 1990

Hults, Linda C.
  The print in the western world : an introductory history /
Linda C. Hults.
Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c1996.
LOCATION: WILSON Quarto NE400 .H79 1996

Hunter, Jefferson, 1947-
  Image and word : the interaction of twentieth-century
photographs and texts / Jefferson Hunter.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1987.
LOCATION: WILSON PN56.P46 H8 1987

  Image and code / Ernst H. Gombrich ... <et al.> ; edited by
Wendy Steiner.
<Ann Arbor, Mich.> : Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate
Studies, c1981.
LOCATION: WILSON NX180 .S46 I46 1981

  Images & texts : their production and distribution in the 18th
and 19th centuries / edited by Peter Isaac and Barry McKay.
New Castle, Del. : Oak Knoll Press, 1997.
LOCATION: WILSON On Order

Jaffe, Aniela.
  C. G. Jung, word and image / edited by Aniela Jaffe.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1979.
LOCATION: WALTER Quarto 150.1954 J18cgE

Kress, Gunther R.
  Reading images : the grammar of visual design / Gunther Kress
and Theo van Leeuwen.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1996.
LOCATION: WILSON NK1510 .G76 1996

Krieger, Murray, 1923-
  Ekphrasis : the illusion of the natural sign / Murray Krieger
; emblems by Joan Krieger.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c1992.
LOCATION: WILSON N1126 .K75 1992

Kuo, Chi-sheng.
  Word as image : the art of Chinese seal engraving / Jason C.
Kuo.
New York City : China House Gallery : China Institute in
America ; Seattle : distributed by University of Washington
Press, 1992.
LOCATION: WILSON Quarto CD6173 .K86 1992

Lanham, Richard A.
  The electronic word : democracy, technology, and the arts /
Richard A. Lanham.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1993.
LOCATION: WILSON QA76.9 .C66 L363 1993
  - Elaborates arguments in "The Implications of Electronic Information for
the Sociology of Knowledge" (1993)˝-available online at <http://www.cni.org/docs/tsh/www/Lanham.html>.

Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519.
  Paragone; a comparison of the arts.
London, New York, Oxford Univ. Press, 1949.
LOCATION: WILSON 709.45 L55parE

Lewis, Suzanne.
  Reading images : narrative discourse and reception in the
thirteenth-century illuminated apocalypse / Suzanne Lewis.
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
LOCATION: WILSON ND3361 .R5 L48 1995

McGann, Jerome J.
  The textual condition / Jerome J. McGann.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1991.
LOCATION: WILSON PR21 .M37 1991

McGann, Jerome J.
  Black riders : the visible language of modernism / Jerome
McGann.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1993.
LOCATION: WILSON PR478 .M6 M38 1993

Melot, Michel.
  The art of illustration / by Michel Melot ; <translated from
the French by James Emmons>.
New York : Skira / Rizzoli, 1984.
LOCATION: WILSON Folio NC960 .M413 1984

Merrell, Floyd, 1937-
  Peirce, signs, and symbols / Floyd Merrell.
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 1997.
LOCATION: WILSON B40 .M46x 1997

Maidment, B. E.
  Reading popular prints, 1790-1870 / B.E. Maidment.
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York
: Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press,
1996.
LOCATION: WILSON NE962 .M35 M35 1996

Morris, William, 1834-1896.
  The ideal book : essays and lectures on the arts of the book /
by William Morris ; edited by William S. Peterson.
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, 1982.
LOCATION: WILSON Quarto 019.242 M834
 
Panofsky, Erwin, 1892-1968.
  Studies in iconology; humanistic themes in the art of the
renaissance
New York, Oxford university press, 1939.
LOCATION: WILSON 709.03 P194a

Rand, Paul, 1914-
  Paul Rand, a designer's art.
New Haven <Conn.> : Yale University Press, 1985.
LOCATION: WILSON NC997 .R27x 1985

Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-
  The illustrator and the book in England from 1790 to 1914 / Gordon N. Ray ;
<formal bibliographical descriptions by Thomas V. Lange ; photography by Charles V. Passela>. -- New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, c1976.
LOCATION: WILSON Quarto 019.34 R211

  Ray gun : out of control / introduction by Marvin Scott
Jarrett ; essay by Dean Kuipers.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 1997.
LOCATION: MUSIC On Order

Richter, Simon.
  Laocoon's body and the aesthetics of pain : Winckelmann,
Lessing, Herder, Moritz, Goethe / Simon Richter.
Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c1992.
LOCATION: WILSON N64 .R53 1992

Ripa, Cesare, fl. 1600.
  Iconology
London, Printed by G. Scott, 1779.
LOCATION: WILSON Rare Books Folio 809.18 R48E

Schapiro, Meyer, 1904-
  Words and pictures. On the literal and the symbolic in the illustration of a
text.
The Hague, Mouton, 1973.
LOCATION: WILSON 704.9484 Sch16

Schapiro, Meyer, 1904-
  Words, script, and pictures : semiotics of visual language /
by Meyer Schapiro.
New York : G. Braziller, 1996.
LOCATION: WILSON P93.5 .S33 1996

Sparrow, John Hanbury Angus, 1906-
  Visible words: a study of inscriptions in and as books and
works of art <by> John Sparrow.
London, Cambridge U.P., 1969.
LOCATION: WILSON Quarto 417.7 Sp26

Spencer, Herbert, 1924-
  The visible word.
<2d ed., rev.>
New York, Hastings House <1969>
LOCATION: WILSON Quarto 019.31 Sp33

Stewart, Philip.
  Engraven desire : Eros, image, & text in the French eighteenth
century / by Philip Stewart.
Durham : Duke University Press, 1992.
LOCATION: WILSON NE647.2 .S73 1992

  The Psychology of illustration / edited by Dale M. Willows, Harvey A. Houghton.
New York : Springer-Verlag, c1987.
LOCATION: WALTER LB1067.5 .P78 1987
LIBRARY HAS: v.1-2
  ˇ Includes W. Howard Levie, "Research on Pictures: A Guide to the Literature," 1:1˝50; Patricia Mulcahy and S. Jay Samuels, "Three Hundred Years of Illustrations in American Textbooks," 2:1˝52.

Steiner, Wendy, 1949-
  The colors of rhetoric : problems in the relation between
modern literature and painting / Wendy Steiner.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1982.
LOCATION: WILSON PN53 .S74

  The Telling image : explorations in the emblem / editors,
Ayers L. Bagley, Edward M. Griffin, Austin J. McLean.
New York : AMS Press, 1996.
LOCATION: WILSON N7740 .T36 1996

  Text into image - Image into text / proceedings of the
interdisciplionary bicentenary .../ Edited by Jeff Morrison
and Florian Krobb.
Amsterdam ; Atlanta, GA : Rodopi, 1997
LOCATION: WILSON On Order

Tufte, Edward R., 1942-
  The visual display of quantitative information / Edward R. Tufte. -- Cheshire, Conn. (Box 430, Cheshire 06410) : Graphics Press, c1983.
LOCATION: WILSON QA276.3 .T83 1983

Tufte, Edward R., 1942-
  Visual explanations : images and quantities, evidence and
narrative / Edward R. Tufte.
Cheshire, Conn. : Graphics Press, 1997.
LOCATION: WALTER Quarto BF241 .T83x 1997

Waal, H. van de (Henri), 1910-1972.
  Iconclass : an iconographic classification system / H. van de
Waal ; completed and edited by L. D. Couprie with R. H.
Fuchs, E. Tholen.
Amsterdam : North-Holland Pub. Co., 1973-1985.
LOCATION: WILSON Reference Z697.A8 W3 1973 (Non-Circulating)
LIBRARY HAS: 3 v. in 17.

Warde, Beatrice, 1900-1969.
  The crystal goblet
Cleveland, World Pub. Co., 1956.
LOCATION: WILSON 019 W219

Wilden, Anthony.
  System and structure: essays in communication and exchange /
Anthony Wilden.
2d ed.
London ; New York : Tavistock Publications, 1980.
LOCATION: WILSON 001.5 W645a
 
  Word and image in Maya culture : explorations in language,
writing, and representation / edited by William F. Hanks and
Don S. Rice.
Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, 1989.
LOCATION: WILSON Quarto F1435.3 .P6 W67 1989

  Words and images : Chinese poetry, calligraphy, and painting /
edited by Alfreda Murck and Wen C. Fong.
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; Princeton : Princeton
University Press, c1991.
LOCATION: WILSON Quarto NK3634 .A2 W67 1991

Some relevant articles

See also those in Word and Image listed below.

Selected articles published in Word and Image

See also "Author Index to Volumes 1˝8," 8 (1992): 385˝90, from which most of these titles are extracted.

Some relevant Web sites


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