After Images: Literature, Photography and Trauma

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Lit, Photography, Trauma

Spring 2022

Taught By: Julie Beth Napolin

Section: A

CRN: 10949

Credits: 4

How do words make us “see?” Like images, words haunt us. But they also make us “see” the unseeable, not only the invisible or imaginary but what cannot be seen without great risk to a self, community, or nation. These questions become more complicated with the birth of photography, which transformed writing. This course considers the role of witnessing, remembering, and trauma—“afterimages”—in writing and photography. It asks what happens to writing after photography, which can stand beyond it, sometimes ethically, or stand alongside it, as a companion. Forms and genres include the essay, poetry, the novel, criticism, and journalism. Authors and artists include Teju Cole, Susan Sontag, Nan Goldin, Walker Evans, Roland Barthes, Claudia Rankine, Ida B. Wells, Virginia Woolf, Judith Butler, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Tina Campt, André Bazin, and Kaja Silverman.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:21am 5/20/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 411

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/12/2022