This is the website for Dr. Thomas' Thought and Image course for
Spring 2017 at SFSU. A comparative study of the films of Douglas Sirk,
Todd Haynes, and Ranier Werner Fassbinder with the social theory of
Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben.

I considered the homes that people live in exactly described their
lives. They are always behind window crossings, behind bars or
staircases. Their homes are their prisons
—Douglas Sirk

I shall call an apparatus literally anything that has in some way the capacity to capture, orient, determine, intercept, model, control, or secure the gestures, behaviors, opinions, or discourses of living beings. Not only, therefore, prisons, madhouses, the panopticon, schools, confession, factories, disciplines, juridical measures and so forth . . . but also the pen, writing, literature, philosophy, agriculture, cigarettes, navigation, computers, cellular telephones and—why not—language itself, which is perhaps the most ancient of apparatuses
—Giorgio Agamben

The spectacle is not a collection of images; it is a social relation
between people that is mediated by images
—Guy Debord