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Approaches to Understanding Visual Culture
     

Approaches to Understanding Visual Culture

by Malcolm Barnard
 

ISBN-10: 0333772881

ISBN-13: 9780333772881

Pub. Date: 09/05/2000

Publisher: Macmillan Education UK

This text provides an accessible critical introduction to a variety of different analytic strategies for understanding the range of objects (paintings, sculpture, adverts, furniture, textiles, photography, fashion, etc.) that make up visual culture. Beginning with a discussion of what understanding can be taken to mean in relation to visual culture, it devotes

Overview

This text provides an accessible critical introduction to a variety of different analytic strategies for understanding the range of objects (paintings, sculpture, adverts, furniture, textiles, photography, fashion, etc.) that make up visual culture. Beginning with a discussion of what understanding can be taken to mean in relation to visual culture, it devotes separate chapters to different approaches to its study, using carefully chosen examples to illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of these. The major figures associated with particular analytic strategies (Hebdige, Panofsky, Barthes, Wolff, etc.) are critically discussed throughout. Alternative, more advanced readings are also explored and crucial questions posed, such as 'Are we always, or ever, in control of our understanding?'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333772881
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Edition description:
2001
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.- Understanding Visual Culture.- Explanation and Understanding: Visual Culture and Social Science.- Interpretation and the Individual.- Expression and Communication.- Feminism: Personal and Political.- Marxism and the Social History of Visual Culture.- Semiology, Iconology and Iconography.- Form and Style.- Conclusion.- Bibliography.

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