Objective: Chapter 1: The objective of this lesson is to frame Sontag's argument for students. The lesson should assist students in moving to a deeper analysis of Sontag's somewhat unfamiliar argument. In this chapter, Sontag sets the stage for her discussion of war, war photography and protest. This lesson begins where Sontag begins with a discussion of Virginia Woolf's "Three Guineas," an early form of feminist war protest.
1) Class Discussion of Background/Context: Sontag cited heavily from "Three Guineas" in this chapter and others throughout the book. Using Woolf's text as a springboard into the issue of war protest and the potential for photography to spread anti-war messages, Sontag begins to interrogate the ethics of representation. Although she summarized many parts of the essay, students may benefit from an explanation of Woolf's principles and central argument. Discuss brief background information with students. How does Woolf link images and...
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