Course Title: Visual Culture and the Representation of Difference

This course will examine the crises in art history and theories visual representation that led to the emergence of the field of Visual Culture. It shall look at the Indian condition, and specific areas of India's own popular culture charting diverse technologies that include print, photography, textile and craft histories, advertising and the graphic novel, engaging with key debates around realism, global capitalism, nationalism, gender and race. The factors of commerce, sacred representation, public ritual and regional variations weave through these concerns.

Nicholar Mirzoeff (ed.)The Visual Culture Reader, New York, 2002
John Storey. Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction. Prentice Hall, Harlow, 2002
John Berger. Ways of Seeing. Penguine,1972.
Jyotindra Jain. Indian Popular Culture: the Conquest of the World as Picture. NGMA, 2004
Walter Benjamin. "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" in Illuminations (Ed. Hanna Arendt), repr. London, Pimlico, 1999