March 27 Representation and Race

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Unformatted text preview: Representation and Race 27 March 2008 A brief recap Hermeneutics Understanding texts The hermeneutic circle Neither the text nor any individual part of the txt can be understood without reference to one another The meaning of a text must be found within its cultural, historical, and mediated context Central questions from spectacle How do we represent difference? Why do we have a fascination with otherness? How is stereotyping a representational practice How is representation accomplished? Meaning and representation Meaning of texts Ambiguous, polysemic, and they float Attempts to fix meaning The labor of representational and signifying practice Unpack and understand practices as meaning Not right or wrong meanings Rather, there are preferred meanings Producers of texts have dominant meanings that they want the audience to grasp (preferred meanings), but audiences can negotiate other meanings from texts. Re-presenting representation...
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course MDST 201 taught by Professor Hayden during the Spring '08 term at UVA.

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