Forms of Irony: Images, Narratives, and Meanings
Can we take comic books seriously? Can one have a critical, scholarly-based approach while watching a South Park episode, with its ironic, sometimes openly aggressive and polemical narratives? This class intends to address these paradoxical questions in the attempt to examine how specific modes of representation, such as cartoons, paintings, caricatures, and films, can convey meanings, opinions, and beliefs, thus promoting the circulation of ideas, values, and also ideologies. The course will adopt different methods of analysis belonging to various academic fields – such as Art History, Film Studies, Philosophy, and Anthropology – in order to investigate the complex ways in which images and narratives can become carriers of ideas. Particular attention will be devoted, throughout the class, to the analysis of the concept of irony in the visual arts.
Course taught by
Ricardo De Mambro Santos