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This book is an introduction to reading visual culture. It explains which methods are available to the undergraduate student and shows exactly how to use them.
The book begins with a discussion of general themes and recent debates, on the meaning of culture and the function of the visual, that offers a critical inquiry into the relation of visual images to social identities and social relations. Gillian Rose then goes on to investigate in detail the different methods for interpreting visual images. The strengths and weaknesses of each method are discussed in relation to a detailed case study, as well as to the more general issues outlined in the introduction.
Researching Visual Materials
Towards a Critical Visual Methodology
'The Good Eye'
Looking at Pictures Using Compositional Interpretation
Counting What You (Think You) See
Laying Bare the Prejudices Beneath the Smooth Surface of the Beautiful
Visual Culture, Visual Pleasure, Visual Disruption
Discourse Analysis I
Text, Intertextuality and Context
Discourse Analysis II
Institutions and Ways of Seeing
Other Methods, Mixing Methods