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Visual Culture

Faculty at Penn State participate actively in the burgeoning field of Visual Culture. Our faculty engage issues of the relationship between texts and images in every historical field, from the medieval to the contemporary. The detailed list of areas of faculty specialization below demonstrates the richness of the department’s resources in historical fields, as well as our interest in graphic novels, digital media, film, and other popular media.

Recent Courses Involving Visual Culture

Authors and Artists
The Bloomsbury Group
Foundations of Science Studies
Introduction to Visual Culture
Graphic Fiction
Graphic Fiction, Illness, and Disability
Life in Pictures: the Graphic Novel

Literature, Medicine, and Culture
Literatures and Cultures of HIV/AIDS
Media Theory and Literature
Milton; Literature and the English Revolution
Victorian Poetry in Sight and Sound
Virginia Woolf

People specializing in this area

Tenure-Line Faculty

Michael Berube

Blogging, film, cartoons, graphic design

Christopher Castiglia

Queer film and aesthetics

Claire Mary Colebrook

Deleuze and the visual arts, film

Jonathan P. Eburne

Avant-Garde Movements, Surrealism and Dada, Film, Pulp Fiction

Leisha Jones

Feminist visual culture, visual art and performance, film, digital video culture

Janet Lyon

Modernist manifestoes, modernist aesthetics, visual representations of disability

Shirley Moody-Turner

Documentary film, visual literacies, popular imagery, visual representations of race

Jeffrey T. Nealon

Film, contemporary visual culture, visual culture theory

 

Marcy North

Post-print manuscript culture, paleography and the art of handwriting, book and manuscript production processes, reader marginalia, manuscript materials: pen, ink, and paper; Manuscript digitalization

Christopher Reed

Art in modern literature and poetry, communities of artists and authors, modernist art and design, modern periodicals, the aesthetics of Japanism, queer aesthetics

Linda Furgerson Selzer, Ph.D.

Political cartoons and artists’ representations of race

Scott Thompson Smith

Medieval manuscripts, comics studies.

Matt Tierney

Media studies, film theory, aesthetics and politics of Hollywood, negativity and visuality, poetics and world cinema

Advisers

Marcy North

Post-print manuscript culture, paleography and the art of handwriting, book and manuscript production processes, reader marginalia, manuscript materials: pen, ink, and paper; Manuscript digitalization

Graduate Students

Michael Maguire

Particularly film studies and adaptation theory.

Emeritus Faculty

Susan Merrill Squier, Ph.D.

Medical imaging, scientific illustration and digital visualization technologies, agricultural breed illustration, fashion photography, feminist visual culture, graphic novels, cartoons, visual representations of disability: these are all areas in which I am involved in the field of visual culture.  My current book project examines the connections between a specific visual biological model and the realms of comics, landscape architecture, and bio-art and new media.