Visual Cultural, Narrative, and Ethics

Feminist scholarship on visual culture, narrative, and ethics in the department explores visual and narrative representation as a cultural force shaped by gender, race, sexuality, class, age, and disability. We investigate the narrative properties of visual imagery and material culture, and probe the ethical implications of identity, asking how these areas of inquiry interface with feminist and queer political positions. As interdisciplinary scholars we draw on methodologies from the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences to approach visual imagery, narrative form, and ethics within their historical, social, cultural, and political contexts. Scholars in this area study the representation of African American women, the bioethics of health, feminist disability studies, representations of the body, marginalized life narratives, and ethical debates in queer and feminist theory.

These courses are designated by course number WGS 588.