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2003 Hardcover Brand New/Brand New -Brand new copy, unread, may have remainder mark. The emergence of New Media has stimulated debate about the power of the visual to dethrone ... the cultural prominence of textuality and print. Some scholars celebrate the proliferation of digital images, arguing that it suggests a return to a pictorial age when knowledge was communicated through images as well as through words. Sent quickly. Buy with confidence! Read more Show Less

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The emergence of new media has stimulated debate about the power of the visual to dethrone the cultural prominence of textuality and print. Some scholars celebrate the proliferation of digital images, arguing that it suggests a return to a pictorial age when knowledge was communicated through images as well as through words. Others argue that the inherent conflict between texts and images creates a battleground between the feminized, seductive power of images and the masculine rationality of the printed word. Eloquent Images suggests that these debates misunderstand the dynamic interplay that has always existed between word and image.

Arguing that the complex relationship of text and image in new media does not represent a radical rupture from the past, the book examines rhetorical and cultural uses of word and image both historically and currently. It shows that complex, interpenetrating relationships between verbal and visual communication systems were already evident in hieroglyphic writing and in ancient rhetoric and persist in the work of classical rhetoricians, in cultural studies of technology, even in the binary code distinctions of digital environments. The essays blend theory, critique, and design practice to explore the often contradictory relations of word and image. All of them call for theoretically grounded approaches to hypermedia design.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780262083171
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Mary E. Hocks is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing Across the
Curriculum at Georgia State University.

Michelle R. Kendrick is Assistant Professor of English in the Program in
Electronic Media and Culture at Washington State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : eloquent images 1
1 Critical theory and the challenge of new media 19
2 Seriously visible 37
3 The dialogics of new media : video, visualization, and narrative in Red planet : scientific and cultural encounters with Mars 61
4 Recovering the multimedia history of writing in the public texts of ancient Egypt 89
5 Digital images and classical persuasion 117
6 The word as image in an age of digital reproduction 137
7 Same difference : evolving conclusions about textuality and new media 159
8 Illustrations, images, and anti-illustrations 179
9 Cognitive and educational implications of visually rich media : images and imagination 201
10 Feminist cyborgs live on the World Wide Web : international and not so international contexts 219
11 Unheimlich maneuver : self-image and identificatory practice in virtual reality environments 237
12 Eloquent interfaces : humanities-based analysis in the age of hypermedia 257
13 Writing a story in virtual reality 283
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