Temporality, Word and Image

Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Class Size: 50
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Vuslat Katsanis
writing, comparative literature, film and visual culture

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.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

writing, film, literature, and publishing.


Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • No Required Online Learning - No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional.

$10 for a reader in Fall

Class Standing: Junior–Senior
Class Size: 50

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Monday, January 6, 2020 - 9:00 am
SEM 2 B1105 - Lecture

Located in: Olympia

2019-09-24$10 fee for a reader added