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Course Schedule

The following schedule offers a provisional plan for all work throughout the semester. We may revise it as needed. PDF readings are available for download via Canvas. With the exception of the first class meeting, items listed for any date should be prepared in advance of that date. After each reading I have added in [square brackets] an approximate timeframe--a benchmark for the time to spend with the reading. Times will vary! But if you find you are spending considerably more or considerably less time than is suggested, we probably should talk about it.

1.Week of Jan. 9-13
Syllabus and schedule
Making a Head Map (from Jill Berry's Personal Geographies)
Analytical and Heuristic Operations (algorithm, heuristic, and aleatory; Young, Becker, and Pike)
Ladders of abstraction (S.I. Hayakawa, Scott McCloud, Ann Berthoff, Cynthia Haynes)
Poster and Projects Gloss
Sténopé Set Setup

2.Week of Jan. 16-20
Mo.16 MLK, Jr., Day - No Class

3.Week of Jan. 23-27
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida [150]
Susan Sontag, On Photography, 1-19 [60]

4.Week of Jan. 30-Feb. 3
Lynda Barry, Syllabus, 1-100 [90]
Diana George, "From Analysis to Design" (PDF) [50]
Poster planning

5.Week of Feb. 6-10
Lynda Barry, Syllabus, 101-200 [90]
Anne Wysocki, "Awaywithwords" (PDF) [40]

6.Week of Feb. 13-17
Johanna Drucker, Graphesis, 1-64 [90]
Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, "Seeing" (PDF) [60]
DUE: Proposal draft

7.Week of Feb. 20-24
No classes - Winter break

8.Week of Feb. 27-Mar. 3
TBD (Mueller at Gardner Institute Conference)
Johanna Drucker, Graphesis, 65-137 [90]
Sonja Foss, "Theory of Visual Rhetoric" (PDF) [60]
DUE: Proposal

9.Week of Mar. 6-10
Johanna Drucker, Graphesis, 138-197 [90]
Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons, Welcome to Pine Point (online) [30]
DUE: Poster draft

10.Week of Mar. 13-17
Nick Sousanis, Unflattening, 1-67 [60]
Gillian Rose, Visual Methodologies, "Researching Visual Materials," 5-32 (PDF) [60]

11.Week of Mar. 20-24
Nick Sousanis, Unflattening, 71-152 [60]
Helvetica selections [In class]
DUE: Poster

12.Week of Mar. 27-31
Due: Project draft

13.Week of Apr. 3-7
Denis Wood, The Power of Maps, "Maps Work by Serving Interests" (PDF) [50]
Mueller, "Emplaced Disciplinary Networks from Middle Altitude" (PDF) [50]

14.Week of Apr. 10-14
Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen excerpt [50]
Ignite example: Addiction! Staying Afloat [In class]
Ignite example: Mad Handles [In class]
DUE: Upload slidedeck no later than Sun., 4/16, 5 p.m.

15.Week of Apr. 17-21
Viz. Present/Circulate
Course Evaluations
DUE: Project

Contact Information

Derek N. Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
Director of Composition
Department of English
Virginia Tech
Office: 315 Shanks Hall
Spring 2019 Office Hours: T, 12-3
Phone: +1-734-985-0485

"We need to become irritated at our favorite theories and theorists and tired of our usual list of visual objects. Visual studies should be ferrociously difficult, as obdurate and entangled in power as the images themselves. Complacency on that score leads back toward the fun house of aimless impressionistic writing about the joys of contemporary consumerism. There is so much more out there waiting to be understood" (201). James Elkins, "Envoi," Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction

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