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Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction / Edition 1

Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction / Edition 1

by James Elkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415966817

ISBN-13: 9780415966818

Pub. Date: 08/08/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Visual studies and visual culture are widely taught, but it isn't clear what either might be. Art historian James Elkins unpacks our uneasy relation to "the visual" and offers an introduction to what visual studies might be. In a series of chapters written in his engagingly clear prose, he offers a pocket history of visual culture, an explanation of the concept of

Overview

Visual studies and visual culture are widely taught, but it isn't clear what either might be. Art historian James Elkins unpacks our uneasy relation to "the visual" and offers an introduction to what visual studies might be. In a series of chapters written in his engagingly clear prose, he offers a pocket history of visual culture, an explanation of the concept of visual literacy, an introduction to the Benjamin and Foucault as their work illuminates visual studies, and goes on to examine key concepts in visual culture, among them the theory of the gaze, the idea of hybridity, the use of semiotics, the concept of the "scopic regime." This groundbreaking book ends with the challenging questions "what does visual culture teach, and why does it seem so easy?" Visual Studies offers a coherent introduction to one of the most dynamic and problematic areas across the humanities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415966818
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/08/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of plates

1. What is Visual Studies?
2. The Subjects of Visual Studies
3. Ten Ways to Make Visual Studies More Difficult
4. What is Visual Literacy?

Envoi

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