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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


Michael Bérubé

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

Michael Maguire

Particularly film studies and adaptation theory.

Shirley Moody-Turner

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

Marcy L. 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

Scott Thompson Smith

Medieval manuscripts, comics studies.

Matt Tierney

Film poetry, radical film movements, theories of apparatus