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Module Reading List

Visual Communication, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr Katy Parry
k.j.parry@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Required Readings

Barthes, Roland (1991) ‘The Rhetoric of the Image’. In The Responsibility of Forms: Critical Essays on Music, Art, and Representation, trans. Richard Howard, pp. 21-40. Berkeley: University of California Press. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 12/09/2017)  

Baudrillard, Jean (1998) ‘The Precession of Simulacra’ (excerpts). In John Storey (ed) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader (2nd edition), pp. 350-357. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 12/09/2017)  

Berger, John (1990) Ways of seeing : based on the BBC television series with John S. Berger. London: Penguin Books.  

Feuer, Jane (1992) ‘Genre Study and Television’. In Robert C. Allen (ed) Channels of discourse reassembled : television and contemporary criticism, (2nd edition), pp. 138-160. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Goffman, Erving (1979) Gender advertisements, pp. 28-56. New York: Harper Colophon. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 12/09/2017)  

Hall, Stuart (1997) Representation : cultural representations and signifying practices London: Sage. Extract: pp.257-290 (on ethnicity and gender). OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 12/09/2017)  

Hebdige, Dick (1979) Subculture: The Meaning of Style, pp. 46-70. London: Methuen.

Parry, Katy (2010) A visual framing analysis of British press photography during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict”, Media, war and conflict. 3.1: 67-85.

Price, Derrick (2004), ‘Chapter 1: Thinking about Photography’, in Liz Wells (ed) Photography: A Critical Introduction, 3 rd Edition, pp 11-63. London: Routledge. Although the extract in the ‘Module Readings Folder’contains the whole chapter, you can concentrate your reading on p29-p48, from the section ‘Reading the Image’ to the start of p48, where ‘Histories of Photography’ starts.   

Savan, Leslie (1994) ‘This Typeface is Changing Your Life’. In The sponsored life : ads, TV, and American culture, pp. 17-22. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Sou, Gemma (2018) ‘Trivial pursuits? Serious (video) games and the media representation of refugees’, Third world quarterly. ISSN: 0143-6597. ISSN: 0143-6597, 39(3), pp. 510-526  

Rose, Gillian (2012) ‘Semiology’ chapter, in Visual Methodologies (Sage, third edition), pp. 113-123.    

Creeber, Glen (2006) ‘Traditional methods of textual analysis’, in the ‘Analysing Television’ chapter of Tele-visions : an introduction to studying television (BFI), pp. 29-43.

Li Wang, Pertti Alasuutari, and Jari Aro (2014) ‘Aesthetic and family frames in the online sharing of children’s birthday photos’ Visual communication. 13(2): pp.191-209.

Mirzoeff, Nicholas (2009) Extract on Blade Runner film, from An Introduction to Visual Culture (Routledge, second edition), pp. 245-249. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 12/09/2017)  

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Suggested readings

Aiello, Giorgia (2006) ‘Theoretical Advances in Critical Visual Analysis: Perception, Ideology, Mythologies, and Social Semiotics’, in Journal of Visual Literacy ISSN: 1051-144X. 26(2) pp.89-102.

Aiello, G. and Parry, K. (2019) Visual Communication: Understanding Images in Media Culture. London: Sage      

Andén-Papadopoulos, K. and Pantti, M. (2012) Amateur images and global news. Bristol: Intellect

Barnhurst, Kevin G., Vari, M., & Rodriguez I. (2004) ‘Mapping Visual Studies in Communication’, Journal of communication., 54(4), pp.616-644.

Barthes, Roland (1973) Mythologies. London: Paladin.

Barthes, Roland (1977) Image, music, text. New York: Hill and Wang.

Barthes, Roland (1980) Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. New York: Hill and Wang.

Baxandall, Michael (1972) Painting & Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Benjamin, Walter (1968) Illuminations. New York: Schocken Books.

Berger, Arthur Asa (1998) Seeing Is Believing: An Introduction to Visual Culture (2nd edition). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.

Bosch, Tanya & Bruce Mutsvairo (2017) Pictures, Protests and Politics: Mapping Twitter Images during South Africa’s Fees Must Fall Campaign, African Journalism Studies, 38:2, 71-89, DOI: 10.1080/23743670.2017.1368869 

Brown, A. (2007) Rethinking the subcultural commodity: the case of heavy metal t-shirt culture(s). Youth cultures : scenes, subcultures and tribes.  New York: Routledge, pp.63-78.

Corner, John (1986) ‘Codes and Cultural Analysis’. In Richard Collins, James Curran and Nicholas Garnham (eds) Media, culture and society : a critical reader, pp. 49-62. London: Sage. http://www.johncorner.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Codes_and_Cultural_Analysis.pdf

Creeber, Glen (2006) Tele-visions : an introduction to studying television. London: BFI.

Creeber, Glen (2006) ‘The Joy of Text? Television and Textual Analysis’. Critical studies in television. 1 (1): 81-88.

Ewen, Stuart (1988) All consuming images : the politics of style in contemporary culture. New York: Basic Books.

Fiske, John (1987) Television culture. London: Routledge.

Fiske, John (1989) Understanding Popular Culture.New York: Routledge.

Gerbaudo, Paolo (2012) Tweets and the streets : social media and contemporary activism. London. Pluto Books.

Hall, Stuart (1973) ‘The Determination of News Photographs’. In Stanley Cohen and Jock Young (eds) The Manufacture of News, pp. 226-243. Beverly Hills: Sage. https://www.scribd.com/document/352003622/Hall-S-1-The-Determinations-of-News-Photographs-The-Manufacture-of-News-Social-problems-De-pdf

Hall, Stuart (1980) ‘Encoding/Decoding’. In Stuart Hall, Dorothy Hobson, Andrew Lowe, and Paul Willis (eds) Culture, media, language, pp.128-136. London: Hutchinson.

Hall, Stuart (ed) (1997) Representation : cultural representations and signifying practices. London: Sage. Chapter 4 available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Hansen, A. and Machin, D. (2018) Media and Communication Research Methods (2nd Edition). London: Red Globe Press.

Harold, Christine (2004) ‘Pranking rhetoric: "culture jamming" as media activism’, Critical studies in media communication, 21 (3), pp.189-211.

Harper, Doug (2012) Visual sociology. London: Routledge.

Tim Highfield & Tama Leaver (2016) Instagrammatics and digital methods: studying visual social media, from selfies and GIFs to memes and emoji, Communication Research and Practice, 2:1, 47-62, DOI: 10.1080/22041451.2016.1155332

Howells, Richard (2003) Visual culture. Cambridge: Polity.

Ivins, William M. (1969) Prints and Visual Communication. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Jenks, Chris (ed) Visual culture. London: Routledge.

Kaplan, E. Ann. (1987) Rocking Around the Clock: Music Television, Postmodernism and Consumer Culture. London: Routledge.

Kellner, Douglas (1995) Media culture : cultural studies, identity and politics between the modern and the postmodern. London: Routledge.

Kenney, Keith (2009) Visual Communication Research Designs. New York. Routledge.

Kolker, R. (2006). Film, form, and culture (Third edition.). Boston: McGraw-Hill.

Lacey, Nick (2000) Narrative and genre : key concepts in media studies Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Lasen, Amparo & Gómez, Edgar (2009) 'Digital Photography and Picture Sharing: Redefining the Public/Private Divide'. Knowledge, Technology & Policy, 2 (3): 205-215.

Ledin, P., & Machin, D. (2018). Doing visual analysis : from theory to practice . Los Angeles: SAGE.

Lester, Paul Martin (2003) Visual communication : images with messages (3rd ed.). London: Wadsworth.

Lester, Paul Martin Lester and Susan Dente Ross (eds) (2003: 2 nd edition) Images that injure : pictorial stereotypes in the media. Westport, Conn; London: Praeger.

Lister, Martin (ed) (1995) The photographic image in digital culture. London: Routledge.

Lutz, Catherine A. and Collins, Jane L. (1993) Reading National geographic. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Manghani, Sunil (2013) Image studies : theory and practice. London. Routledge.

McKee, Alan (2003) Textual analysis : a beginner's guide. London: Sage.

Messaris, Paul (1996) Visual "literacy" : image, mind, and reality. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Messaris, Paul (1997) Visual persuasion : the role of images in advertising. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Miller, Daniel & Sinanan, Jolynna (2017) Visualising Facebook : a comparative perspective ISBN: 9781911307396 (electronic bk.); 1911307398 (electronic bk.); 9781911307402 (electronic bk.); 1911307401 (electronic bk.); 9781911307365, UCL Press (free download: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1543315/1/Visualising-Facebook.pdf )

Mina, A.X. (2019) Memes to Movements: How the World's Most Viral Media Is Changing Social Protest and Power. Beacon Press.  

Mirzoeff, Nicholas (1999) An introduction to visual culture London: Routledge.

Mirzoeff, Nicholas (ed) (2013) The Visual Culture Reader (Third Edition) . London: Routledge.

Mitchell, W.J.T. (1994) Picture theory : essays on verbal and visual representation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Morris, Errol (2011) Believing is seeing : observations on the mysteries of photography. New York: Penguin.

Mulvey, Laura (1975) ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’. Screen. 16 (3): 6-18.

Murray, S. (2008) ‘Digital Images, Photo-Sharing, and Our Shifting Notions of Everyday Aesthetics’. Journal of visual culture. 7: 147-163.

Olson, L.C., Finnegan, C.A and Hope, D.S. (2008) Visual rhetoric : a reader in communication and American culture Thousand Oaks: Sage,

Papacharissi, Zizi (ed.) (2010) A networked self : identity, community and culture on social network sites. New York: Routledge.

Peraica, Ana (2017) Culture of the Selfie: Self-Representation in Contemporary Visual Culture (free downloadable book from Theory on Demand #24, Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam: http://networkcultures.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CultureOfTheSelfie.pdf

Rose, Gillian (2001) Visual methodologies : an introduction to the interpretation of visual materials. London; Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 3rd ed Visual methodologies : an introduction to researching with visual materials

Sarvas, R. and Frohlich (2011) From snapshots to social media - the changing picture of domestic photography London: Springer.

Saussure, Ferdinand de (1966) Course in General Linguistics. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Schirato, Tony and Webb, Jen (2004) Understanding the visual. London: Sage. (available as e-book).

Sontag, Susan (2002) On Photography. London: Penguin.

Sturken, Marita and Cartwright, Lisa (2001) Practices of looking : an introduction to visual culture. New York: Oxford University Press. (There are also later editions now)

Thumim, Nancy (2012) Self-representation and digital culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

van Dijck, José (2011) 'Flickr and the Culture of Connectivity: Sharing Views, Experiences, Memories.' Memory studies, 4(4), 401-415.

van Leeuwen, Theo and Jewitt, Carey (eds.) Handbook of visual analysis. London: Sage.

Verschueren, Paul (2012) Chapter One ‘Photographs and Frames’, p21-43, in Picturing Afghanistan : the photography of foreign conflict New York, NY: Hampton Press. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Walker John A. and Chaplin, Sarah (1997) Visual culture : an introduction. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Wells, Liz (2004) Photography: A critical introduction. 3rd ed. London: Routledge. Chapter 1 available as an Online Course reading in the VLE

Williamson, Judith (1978) Decoding advertisements : ideology and meaning in advertising New York: Marion Boyers. (later re-issues available)

Zelizer, Barbie (2002) ‘Photography, Journalism, and Trauma’. In Barbie Zelizer and Stuart Allan (eds) Journalism After September 11, pp. 48-68. London: Routledge.

Zelizer, Barbie (1998) Remembering to forget : Holocaust memory through the camera's eye: . Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

This list was last updated on 13/09/2019