Temporality, Word and Image

Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Junior - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
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The encounter with time, which we refer to as temporality, shapes our very sense of being in the world. Some writers (Proust) put the accent on the past tense; others put it on the future (Heidegger); and still others, the present (Gertrude Stein). In this program, we will consider the encounter with temporality as explored in poetics, philosophy, and critical theory alongside various experiments with rhythm, duration, and speed through time-based arts like film and photography.

We will study texts to raise pertinent questions about our sense of being, belonging, and lived experience. How do words and images navigate time differently? What do different conceptions of time reveal about our sense of memory, nostalgia, or futurity? What’s in the impulse to slow things down, or to speed things forward? How do different languages account for time, and how might they translate from one to the other, as well as from word to image and back again? Special emphasis will be placed on critical conceptions of “slow duration” as a turning point in modernist expression. We will read and discuss works by Walter Benjamin, Paul Virilio, Andre Bazin, Fredric Jameson, Henri Bergson, Johannes Fabian, and Gilles Deleuze, among others. We will reflect on these theories through the films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Robert Bresson, Chantal Ackerman, Abbas Kiarostami, and Zhangke Jia. Longer readings will include Proust's Recollections of Things Past , Heidegger's Being and Time,  Gertrude Stein, and Hannah Arendt.

Students continuing into the winter quarter of the program will have the opportunity to pursue independent creative projects as part of their work, building on and deepening their reading and development from the fall as we look more closely at the issues. This program is well suited for students interested in poetics, film, visual arts, photography, critical theory, and aesthetics. No prior knowledge of these disciplines and mediums is required.


Fall 2019 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16): 10169
Winter 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16): 20058
Jr - Sr (1 - 16): 20485

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Preparatory For

writing, film, literature, and publishing.

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$10 for a reader in Fall


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First Meeting

SEM 2 B1105 - Lecture
DateRevision 2019-09-24 $10 fee for a reader added