Imaging Nature (AHV2010)

15 credits

This module will explore the ways in which ‘Nature’ has been portrayed, (re-)produced, and contested in Western visual culture since the 1800s. It will draw from important philosophical and scientific texts that have contributed to current understandings of ‘Nature’ and the place of ‘the human’ therein, and then use those to examine how visual media – from early photography and landscape painting to scientific illustrations and contemporary wildlife documentaries – have adopted, reinforced, popularised, and/or troubled the meanings we ascribe to ‘Nature’ and how we position ourselves in relation to it.