“Rhetoric of the Image: Digital Photography and the Selfie” is a graduate course in English at the University of Waterloo, taught by me, Aimée Morrison. This blog is the product of student writing on the topic.
This course considers the “rhetoric of the image” in the age of digital photography, particularly in its uses as a biographical and auto/biographical technology. We will situate these forms historically, in terms of prior print and analog technologies and practices. We will also situate them theoretically, in terms of auto/biography studies, theories of photography, and new media studies. We will consider genres such as the the family album, the photo booth strip, the social media selfie, and the portrait. Primary texts will include photography sites such as Noah K Everyday, Dear Photograph, images grouped under the hashtags #feministselfie and #ifTheyGunnedMeDown, and services such as Instagram and Snapchat, as well as students’ own film and digital photographs.