The Verbal and The Visual: Dialogues Between Literature, Film, Art and - EN867

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn 7 30 (15) DR A Mildenberg checkmark-circle


This module explores the range of interrelations and negotiations that take place between verbal and visual culture, in literature, art, film, philosophy and, psychogeography. It will cover a diverse range of thinkers and approaches such as; Foucault, Merleau-Ponty, Bersani, Derrida, Debord, and Marx. The module is intended to be interdisciplinary and it will include some Paris-based visits, activities and screenings as a necessary means of working across themes, theories and ideas. It will consider some or all of the following themes, such as: the politics of space, ekphrasis and the other, phenomenological wonder, the legacy of Marx, and Marxist and formalist perspectives on modernism and the visual arts.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 280
Total Study Hours: 300


This module is only available to students studying in Paris in the autumn term

Method of assessment

Assignment (5,000 words) – 100%

Indicative reading

Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually

Bersani, Leo and Dutoit, Ulysse. (2004). Forms of Being: Cinema, Aesthetics, Subjectivity. London: BFI Publishing
Debord, Guy. (1992). Society of the Spectacle. London: Rebel Press
Derrida, Jacques. (2006). Spectres of Marx: The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning and the New International. London: Routledge
Greenberg, Clement, (1995). Collected Essays. Volume 4: Modernism with a Vengeance, 1957-1969. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Marx, Karl, (1970). The German Ideology: Introduction to a Critique of Political Economy. London: Lawrence & Wishart
Mitchell, W.J.T. (1995). Picture Theory: Essays on Verbal and Visual Representation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the range of literary and philosophical approaches to understanding the relationship between the verbal and visual culture;

2 Demonstrate knowledge of how Paris and Parisian social, cultural and national contexts contribute to debates concerning aesthetics, philosophy, and literary history;

3 Demonstrate knowledge of current scholarship in the cultural history of the modern metropolis (specifically Paris);

4 Demonstrate a broad sense of how and where disciplines meet, ideologically.

5 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current topical issues at the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study, or area of professional practice;

6 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship;

7 Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline;

8 Demonstrate a conceptual understanding that enables them to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline;

9 Demonstrate a conceptual understanding that enables them to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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