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Critical Studies in Visual Communication, 2019/20, Semester 2
Holly Steel
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Berger, John (1977). Ways of seeing : based on the BBC television series with John S. Berger. First chapter, pp. 7-34. London: Penguin.


Chapter 1 available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Berger, Arthur Asa (1998)Seeing is believing : an introduction to visual communication: (2nd edition), pp. 31-50. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.

Bell, Philip (2001). “Content analysis of visual images”. In Handbook of visual analysis, eds., T. van Leeuwen,


Extract available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Hochberg, J. (1972) ‘The Representation of Things and People’, in E.H. Gombrich, J. Hochberg and M. Black (eds) Art, perception and reality, pp. 47–94. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.


Extract available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Gombrich, E.H. (1982) ‘Moment and Movement in Art’, in The image and the eye : further studies in the psychology of pictorial representation, pp. 40–62. Oxford: Phaidon.


Extract available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

van Leeuwen, Theo (2001). “Semiotics and iconography”. In Handbook of visual analysis, eds., T. van Leeuwen, and C. Jewitt. London: Sage.


Extract available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Barthes, Roland (1964/1977). “Rhetoric of the image” (pp. 32-51). In Image, music, text New York: Hill and Wang.


Extract available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Finnegan, Cara (2008). “Recognizing Lincoln: image vernaculars in nineteenth-century visual culture” (pp. 61-78). In L. C. Olson, C. A. Finnegan and D. S. Hope (Eds), Visual rhetoric : a reader in communication and American culture. Los Angeles: Sage.


Extract available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Blair, Carol, and Michel, Neil (2008). “Reproducing civil rights tactics: the rhetorical performances of the Civil Rights Memorial” (pp. 139-156). In L. C. Olson, C. A. Finnegan and D. S. Hope (Eds), Visual rhetoric : a reader in communication and American culture. Los Angeles: Sage.

Lister, Martin, and Wells, Liz (2001). “Seeing beyond belief: Cultural Studies as an approach to analysing the visual”. In Handbook of visual analysis, eds., T. van Leeuwen, and C. Jewitt. London: Sage.

Hall, Stuart (1997b). The spectacle of the ‘other’. In S. Hall (Ed.), Representation : cultural representations and signifying practices(pp. 223–90). London: Sage.


Extract available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Aiello, G. (2006). “Theoretical advances in critical visual analysis: perception, ideology, mythologies and social semiotics”. Journal of Visual Literacy, 26(2).

Jewitt, Carey, and Oyama, Rumiko (2001). “Visual meaning: a social semiotic approach”. In Handbook of visual analysis, eds., T. van Leeuwen, and C. Jewitt. London: Sage.

Thurlow, Crispin, and Aiello, Giorgia (2007). “National pride, global capital: a social semiotic analysis of transnational visual branding in the airline industry”. Visual communication.6(3), pp. 305-344.

Iedema, Rick (2001). “Analysing film and television: a social semiotic account of Hospital: An unhealthy business”. In Handbook of visual analysis eds., T. van Leeuwen, and C. Jewitt. London: Sage.

Kress, Gunther, and Van Leeuwen, Theo (2006). Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design. Chapters 4, 5, 6.

Van Leeuwen, Theo (2005). “Typographic meaning”. Visual communication., 4(2), pp. 137–43.

Van Leeuwen, T.J. 2006, 'Towards a semiotics of typography'', Information design journal. vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 139-155.

Kress, Gunther, and van Leeuwen, Theo (2002). “Colour as a semiotic mode: notes for a grammar of colour”. Visual communication., 1(3), pp. 343-368.

Koller, Veronika (2008). “`Not just a colour': pink as a gender and sexuality marker in visual communication”, Visual communication., 7(4), pp. 395-423.

Bordwell, David, and Thompson, Kristin (2004). “The relation of shot to shot: editing” (pp. 294-346). In Film Art: An Introduction.Madison, WI: McGraw-Hill.


Extract available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

van Dijck, José (2007). “Pictures of life, living pictures”. Chapter 5 of Mediated memories in the digital age(pp. 98-121). Stanford University Press.


Chapter 5 available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Lutz, C. A., & Collins, J. L. (1993). “A world brightly different: Photographic conventions, 1950-1986”. In Reading National geographic (pp. 87-117). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Machin, D. (2004). Building the world’s visual language: The increasing global importance of image banks in corporate media. Visual communication, 3(3), 316–336.

Jewitt, Carey (2009). “Introduction: What is Multimodality?”. In Carey Jewitt (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of multimodal analysis. London: Routledge.

Van Leeuwen, Theo (2009). “Materiality and Meaning: A Social Semiotic Approach”. In Carey Jewitt (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of multimodal analysis. London: Routledge.

Kress, Gunther (2010). “Design and arrangements: Making meaning material”. Chapter 7 of Multimodality : a social semiotic approach to contemporary communication London: Routledge.

Dickinson, Greg (2002). “Joe’s rhetoric: Starbucks and the spatial rhetoric of authenticity”. Rhetoric Society Quarterly32, pp. 5-28.

Jessie Stewart and Greg Dickinson. “Enunciating Locality in the Postmodern Suburb: FlatIron Crossing and the Colorado Lifestyle.” Western journal of communication72 (2008): 280–307.

Gendelman, I. and Aiello, G. (2010). “Faces of places: façades as global communication in Post-Eastern Bloc urban renewal”, in Adam Jaworski and Crispin Thurlow (Eds), Semiotic landscapes : language, image, space. London: Continuum.

Pennycook, A.D. (2010). “Spatial Narrations: Graffscapes and City Souls”. In Adam Jaworski and Crispin Thurlow (Eds), Semiotic landscapes : language, image, space New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, pp. 137-150.


Extract available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Chmielewska, E. (2005). "Logos or the Resonance of Branding: A Close Reading of the Iconosphere of Warsaw". Space and culture., (8)4, 349-380.

de Saint-Georges, I., & Morris, S. (2000). “Nationality and the European Union: competing identities in the visual design of four European cities”. Visual studies., 15(1), 65-78.

Aiello, G. (in press for 2011). “From wound to enclave: the visual-material performance of urban renewal in Bologna’s Manifattura delle Arti”. Western journal of communication.

Gendelman, I., Dobrowolsky, T. and Aiello, G. (2010). “Urban Archives: public memories of everyday places”, in Jeff Hou (Ed.), Insurgent public space : guerrilla urbanism and the remaking of contemporary cities. London: Routledge.


Extract available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Frosh, Paul (2003). Shooting for success: stock photography and the production of culture. Chapter 3 of The image factory : consumer culture, photography and the visual content industry Oxford: Berg.


Chapter 3 available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.


This list was last updated on 15/12/2010