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Master Class with Carol Mavor

Master Class with Carol Mavor
JHB 1040
Time: Mar 14th, 11:00 am End: Mar 14th, 1:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Psychology, Psychoanalytic, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Jewish Studies, French (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Classics (FAS), Cinema, Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950, 1800-1900
Two hour master class for graduate students with Northrop Frye Professor of Comparative Literature, Carol Mavor

The Centre for Comparative Literature and the Jackman Humanities Institute are pleased to present:

Master Class with Carol Mavor

“Elegy of Milk in Black and Blue: The bruising of Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida
A photograph's punctum is that accident which pricks me (but also bruises me…)
                                                                      Barthes, Camera Lucida
 
For this class, we will carefully consider Barthes’ notion of punctum, as read through the blue eyes of his mother Henrietta and the milky inclinations of the woman he names as “négresse nourricière” in the 1926 Van der Zee family photograph featured in Camera Lucida. (Richard Howard translates Barthes’s words as “solacing Mammy.”) When Barthes splashes milk all over Van der Zee’s aunt and hails her as “ô négresse nourricière,” is it a gesture of reparative work? As Barthes writes in his little essay, “Wine and Milk”: “milk is cosmetic, it joins, it covers, restores. Moreover, its purity, associated with the innocence of the child, is a token of strength, of a strength which is not revulsive, not congestive, but calm, white, lucid, the equal of reality.” Or is it a case of simple racisim?

Readings:
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
Carol Mavor, “Black and Blue: The Shadows of Camera Lucida,” in Geoffrey Batchen’s Photography Degree Zero (MIT 2010)

Registration is limited, and is open only to graduate students at the University of Toronto.

Please register for this event here.


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