The #Selfie

LIT 615S

Focusing on digital self portraits that social media denizens have hashtagged "the selfie", the course will trace two different histories 1) the global history of portraiture in the arts and photography from the 19th C to the present 2) the emergence of the modern idea of "everyday life" (i.e. the routine, the trivial, the unconscious, the unremarkable) as the exact antithesis of what has routinely been called "history", all strongly associated with women and private life. These unpresentable phenomenon have challenged notions of the state, Capital, urban design, and copyright, indeed the body and the Beautiful. Student driven case studies highlight everyday engagements with social media.
Curriculum Codes
  • EI
  • R
  • STS
  • CZ
Cross-Listed As
  • GSF 615S
  • ICS 615S
  • VMS 615S
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring