An Introduction to Visual Culture

An Introduction to Visual Culture

by Taylor and Francis

Hardcover(2nd ed.)

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An Introduction to Visual Culture provides a wide-ranging introduction to the now established interdisciplinary field of visual culture.

Mapping a global history and theory of visual culture, An Introduction to Visual Culture asks how and why visual media have become so central to everyday life.

Improved text design and colour images throughout make it an even more valuable teaching tool. Brand new features in the second edition include Key Image studies from Holbein's The Ambassadors, to Blade Runner and the Abu Ghraib atrocities; and a Key Words section in each chapter, discussing vital critical terms and the debates that surround them.

In this innovative, thoroughly revised and extended edition, Nicholas Mirzoeff explores:

an extensive range of visual forms from painting, sculpture, and photography to television, cinema, and the Internet;

the centrality of "race" and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and the body in shaping visual culture;

the importance of images of natural disaster and conflict, such as Hurricane Katrina and the war in Iraq.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415327589
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/06/2009
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nicholas Mirzoeff is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. He is author and editor of several books including Watching Babylon (1995) and The Visual Culture Reader, also now in its second edition (2002).

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vii

Preface xiii

Illustration acknowledgments xvi

Introduction: Global Visual Cultures: Paradox and Comparison 1

Keyword The Division of the Sensible 17

Chapter 1 Sight becomes Vision: From al-Haytham to Perspective 21

Keyword Culture as Transculture 41

Chapter 2 "1492": Expulsions, Expropriations, Encounters 45

Breakout Image The Ambassadors: Slavery and the Gaze 63

Chapter 3 Slavery, Modernity and Visual Culture 68

Keyword Visuality 89

Chapter 4 Panoptic Modernity 94

Keyword Modernity 113

Breakout Image Photography and Death 119

Chapter 5 Imperial Transcultures: From Kongo to Congo 127

Keyword Race 147

Chapter 6 Sexuality Disrupts: Measuring the Silences 153

Keyword The Fetish and the Gaze 169

Chapter 7 Inventing the West 176

Keyword Empire and the State of Emergency 192

Chapter 8 Decolonizing Visions 197

Keyword Networks 218

Chapter 9 Discrete States: Digital Worlds from the Difference Engine to Web 2.0 224

Breakout Image Blade Runner 245

Chapter 10 The Death of the Death of Photography 250

Keyword Spectacle and Surveillance 264

Chapter 11 Celebrity: From Imperial Monarchy to Reality TV 271

Breakout Image The Abu Ghraib Photographs 287

Chapter 12 Watching War 292

Index 310

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