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Visual Literacy: Image Literacy Resources

Core Readings


Key Texts

Elkins, James.  Visual Literacy.  Lilly and Perkins LB1068.V567 2008
A discussion by the enfant terrible of art on looking. 

Freedberg, David.  The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response.   Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1989.   Lilly Library N71 .F65 1989
Art historical.  One of the early theorist to look at pictures qua images.

Howells, Richard. Visual culture.  Cambridge, UK: Polity/Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2003.  Perkins/Bostock Library LB1068 .S4613 2006  

Jones, Caroline A., and Peter Galison, eds.  Picturing Science, Producing Art. London: Routledge, 1998.
Early theoretics on scientific looking and art.

Mitchell, W. J. Thomas.  What Do Pictures Want?: the Lives and Loves of Images.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.  Lilly Library N7565 .M523 2005  
A classic in looking at images as a driving force in motivation.

Rose, Gillian.  Visual methodologies : an introduction to the interpretation of visual materials.  Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, 2001.  Perkins/Bostock P93.5 .R67 2001

Seppänen, Janne.  The power of the gaze : an introduction to visual literacy.  New York : P. Lang, 2006.    Perkins/Bostock LB1068 .S4613 2006

Sturken, Marita, and Lisa Cartwright, eds. Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.



A History of Visual Culture:  Western Civilization from the 18th to the 21st Century. Oxford & New York:  Berg, 2010.  NX 180.S6 H57 2010
Essay on Looking and how images affected history.

The Visual Culture Reader. Nicholas Mirzoeff.  2nd ed.  London : Routledge, 2002.  Lilly NX458 .V58 2002

Images: a Reader. Sunil Manghani, Arthur Piper and Jon Simons.  London : SAGE, 2006.  Lilly HM621 .I53 2006

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