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.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||2nd ed.|
|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
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