ENGL 759K:

Word and Image

Spring 2002


Starting Bibliography


I’ve attempted to provide here a sampling of major (or at least useful) works in visual and pictorial theory, the history of the graphic arts, textual studies, cultural studies, critical theory, and digital media—with an emphasis on the interplay between technology and representation. Film studies is not represented. Since interdisciplinarity is the object, I have not sub-divided the list in any way. Generally only book-length monographs, studies, or collections are listed. Relevant articles and essays have appeared in innumerable venues, but the serials Word and Image and Visible Language deserve mention prima facie. Selected electronic resources will be available from the online syllabus. A plus (+) sign denotes one of our primary texts. Works with an asterisk (*) have one or more chapters/essays included in the course packet.


Arnheim, Rudolf. Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983.


---. Visual Thinking. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989.


Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. Trans. Richard Howard. Noonday Press, 1982.


---. Image--Music--Text. Trans. Stephen Heath. New York: Hill and Wang, 1977. *


Baudrillard, Jean. Simulcra and Simulation. Trans. Sheila Faria Glaser. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994.


Benjamin, Walter. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” Illuminations: Essays and Reflections. Ed. Hannah Arendt. Trans. Harry Zohn. New York: Schocken Books, 1968. 217-251.


Berger, John. Ways of Seeing. London: BBC and Penguin, 1972.


Bergmann-Loizeaux, Elizabeth and Neil Fraistat, eds. Reimagining Textuality: Textual Studies in the Late Age of Print. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.


Bierut, Michael, et al., eds. Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design. New York: Allworth Press, 1994. [See also sequel volume in 1997.]


Blackwell, Lewis, and David Carson. The End of Print: The Graphic Design of David Carson. San Francisco: Chronicle, 1995.


Bogart, Michele H. Artists, Advertising and the Borders of Art. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1995.


Bolter, Jay David and Richard Grusin. Remediation: Understanding New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999.


Bornstein, George, and Theresa Tinkle, eds. The Iconic Page in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Culture. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998.


Bowler, Berjouli. The Word as Image. London: Studio Vista, 1970.


Brennan, Teresa and Martin Jay, eds. Vision in Context: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Sight. London and New York: Routledge, 1996.


Brown, Michelle P. Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms. Los Angeles: The Getty Museum, 1994.


Bryson, Norman. Vision and Painting: The Logic of the Gaze. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986.


---, et al., eds. Visual Culture: Images of Interpretation. Wesleyan University Press, 1994.


Card, Stuart K., Jock D. Mackinlay, and Ben Shneiderman, eds. Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1999.


Caws, Mary Ann. The Art of Interference: Stressed Readings in Visual and Verbal Texts. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989.


Crain, Patricia. The Story of A: The Alphabetization of America from The New England Primer to The Scarlet Letter. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2000.


Crary, Jonathan. Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1990.


Debord, Guy. The Society of the Spectacle. Trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith. New York: Zone Books, 1994.


Drucker, Johanna. The Alphabetic Labyrinth: The Letters in History and the Imagination. London: Thames and Hudson, 1995.


---. The Century of Artists' Books. New York: Granary Books, 1995.


---. Figuring the Word: Essays on Books, Language, and Visual Culture. New York: Granary Books, 1998.+


---. The Visible Word: Experimental Typography and Modern Art, 1909-1923. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.


Druckrey, Timothy, ed. Electronic Culture: Technology and Visual Representation. New York: Aperture, 1996.*


Eaves, Morris. The Counter-Arts Conspiracy: Art and Industry in the Age of Blake. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1992.


Elkins, James. The Domain of Images. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1999.+


---. The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing. Harvest Books, 1997.


---. On Pictures and the Words That Fail Them. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.


---. The Poetics of Perspective. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1996.


---. Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?: On the Modern Origins of Pictorial Complexity. London and New York: Routledge, 1999.


Essick, Robert N. William Blake Printmaker. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980.


Foucault, Michel. The Order of Things. New York: Vintage, 1970.


Gibson, James J. The Perception of the Visual World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1950.


Glazier, Loss Pequeño. Digital Poetics: The Making of E-Poetries. Birmingham: University of Alabama Press, 2001.


Gombrich, Ernst. Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1960.


---. The Image and the Eye: Further Studies in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1982.*


Goodman, Nelson. Languages of Art: An Approach to a Theory of Symbols. Indianapolis and Cambridge: Hackett Publishing, 1976.+


Greetham, David C. Textual Scholarship: An Introduction. New York: Garland, 1994.


Grigely, Joseph. Textualterity: Art, Theory, and Textual Criticism. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995.


Helfand, Jessica. Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media, and Visual Culture. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2001.+


Heller, Steven and Karen Pomeroy. Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design. New York: Allworth Press, 1997.


Hodnett, Edward. Image and Text: Studies in the Illustration of English Literature. London: Scolar Press, 1982.


Holleley, Douglas. Digital Book Design and Publishing. New York: Clarellen and Cary Graphic Arts Press, 2000.


Hollis, Richard. Graphic Design: A Concise History. London: Thames and Hudson, 1994.


Horn, Robert E. Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21st Century. Bainbridge Island, WA: MacroVU Press, 1999.


Ivins, William M., Jr. Prints and Visual Communication. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1953.*


Jay, Martin. Downcast Eyes: The Denigration of Vision in Twentieth-Century French Thought. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.


Jussim, Estelle. Visual Communication and the Graphic Arts: Photographic Technologies in the Nineteenth Century. New York: R. R. Bowker  [A Xerox Company], 1974.*


Keates, J. S. Understanding Maps. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1982.


Lanham, Richard A. The Electronic Word: Democracy, Technology, and the Arts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.


Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim. Laoccoon: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry. Trans. Edward Allen McCormick. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1962.+


Lindberg, David C. Theories of Vision: From Al-Kindi to Kepler.  Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1976.*


Lunenfeld, Peter. Snap to Grid: A User's Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000.


Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001.


Marr, David. Vision: A Computational Investigation into the Human Representation and Processing of Visual Information. W. H. Freeman and Co., 1983.


Martin, Henri-Jean. The History and Power of Writing. Trans. Lydia G. Cochrane. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1994.


McCaffery, Steve, and bpNichol. Rational Geomancy: The Kids of the Book-Machine. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1992.


McGann, Jerome J. Black Riders: The Visible Language of Modernism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.+


---. Radiant Textuality: Literature After the World Wide Web. New York: Palgrave, 2001.


---. The Textual Condition. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.


McKenzie, Donald F. Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts. The Panizzi Lectures: 1985. London: The British Library, 1986.


McLeod, Randall. “From ‘Tranceformations in the Text of Orlando Furioso.’” New Directions in Textual Studies. Ed. Dave Oliphant and Robin Bradford. Austin: University of Texas Press and Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, 1990. 61-85.


--- [Random Clod]. “Information on Information.” Text 5 (1991): 240-281.


McLoud, Scott. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. New York: Harper Perennial, 1993.


McLuhan, Marshall. The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man. University of Toronto Press, 1962.


---. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1964, 1994.


Melville, Stephen and Bill Readings, eds. Vision and Textuality. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.


Miller, J. Hillis. Illustration. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992.


Mitchell, W. J. T., Blake’s Composite Art: A Study of the Illuminated Poetry. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978.


---. Iconology: Image, Text, Ideology. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1986.+


---, ed. The Language of Images. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1980.


---. Picture Theory. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1994.*


Mitchell, William J. The Reconfigured Eye: Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992.


Ong, Walter. Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. London and New York: Routledge, 1982.


Panofsky, Erwin. Perspective as Symbolic Form. Trans. Christopher S. Wood. New York: Zone Books, 1997.


---. Studies in Iconology: Humanistic Themes in the Art. Icon (Harper), 1972.


Perfect, Christopher. The Complete Typographer: A Manual for Designing with Type. London: Little, Brown, 1992.


Perloff, Marjorie. Radical Artifice: Writing Poetry in the Age of Media. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1991.*


Ronell, Avital. The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1989.


Rothenberg, Jerome and Stephen Clay, eds. A Book of the Book. New York: Granary Books, 2000.


Shneiderman, Ben. Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction. Third Edition. Reading, MA: Addison,Wesley, Longman, 1998.


Sontag, Susan. On Photography. New York: Anchor Books, 1977.


Spencer, Herbert, ed. The Liberated Page: An Anthology of Major Typographic Experiments of this Century. San Francisco: Bedford Press, 1987.


Stallabrass, Julian. Gargantua: Manufactured Mass Culture. London: Verso, 1996.*


Steiner, Wendy. The Colors of Rhetoric: Problems in the Relation Between Modern Literature and Painting. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982. 


Stewart, Susan. Crimes of Writing: Problems in the Containment of Representation. Durham: Duke University Press, 1994.*


Tanselle, G. Thomas. Literature and Artifacts. Charlotte: Heritage Printers, 1998. [Distributed by the University of Virginia Bibliographical Society.]


---. A Rationale of Textual Criticism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989.


Trachtenberg, Alan, ed. Classic Essays on Photography. New Haven: Leete’s Island Books, 1980. *


Tufte, Edward R. Envisioning Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphic Press, 1990.


---. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphic Press, 1983.


---. Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence, and Narrative. Cheshire, CT: Graphic Press, 1997.


Twyman, Michael. The British Library Guide to Printing. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998.


Vanderlans, Rudy and Zuzana Licko. Emigre (the Book): Graphic Design into the Digital Realm. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993.


Viscomi, Joseph. Blake and the Idea of the Book. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.


---. "The Evolution of William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell." Huntington Library Quarterly 58 (1997): 281-344.


Wilson, Stephen. Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001.



Matthew G. Kirschenbaum

University of Maryland