Image, text


Image, text: an undergraduate workshop at UMass Amherst


Erica Baum, Differently, 2009

Course description

This is an undergraduate workshop designed for writers and artists with an interest in making and thinking about image-text work.

The wager of this class: the relationship between image and text is unstable, and this instability provides a site of intervention for any writer or image-maker.

For a full syllabus, please contact me.

Sample talks and course materials

The Treachery of Images

On captions and Wayne Koestenbaum’s Notes on Glaze

The archive lies / down in the drawer

Historicity in the novels of W.G. Sebald; Lucy Ives’ The Poetics

Photograph as evidence, evidence as narrative

Sophie Calle’s Suite Vénitienne

Working with the newspaper and television

Alexandra Bell’s Counternarratives, the collaboration of Alexander Kluge & Gerhard Richter, and Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric

Writing with paintings, painting with writing

Carole Maso’s The Art Lover and the paintings of On Kawara and Peter Dreher

Might there be such a thing as a literary photograph?

On the work of Moyra Davey, with a screening of Davey’s Notes on Blue

Shooting from the hip

Bernadette Mayer’s Memory and works of documentary snapshot

Working with the phone

Sheila Heti’s Motherhood; practicum with the camera & notes app

Writing the internet

Catherine Taylor’s “Saetas” and Patricia Lockwood’s “The Communal Mind”


Chris Marker’s La Jetée and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee

Text as image; image as text

On the work of Susan Howe and Erica Baum

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