Words and images, texts and pictures: all around us, they appear together in complex relations. They can work together as complements; in opposition, sending competing messages; one can support, illustrate, explain, amplify, or enhance the other. We see this dynamic in advertisements, cartooning, children's books, visual art, and a host of other places. In this course, we will explore artist books, picture books, illustrated texts, comic books, and other sites of visual-verbal intersection. Critical writings by such word-image scholars as W.J.T. Mitchell, William Moebius, Johanna Drucker, Scott McCloud, and others will introduce us to various methods and vocabularies of word-image studies. Assignments include several short written responses, work with the MassArt library collections, and a final researched presentation critically analyzing a word and image relationship of your own choosing.