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The Visual Culture Reader

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Visual culture is concerned with visual events in which information, meaning or pleasure is sought by the consumer in the encounter with visual artefacts, from oil paintings to the internet. The diverse essays collected here constitute a comprehensive exploration of the emerging interdisciplinary field of visual culture, and examine why modern and postmodern culture place such a premium on rendering experience in visual form.


The diverse essays collected here constitute a comprehensive exploration of the emerging interdisciplinary field of visual culture.

Table of Contents

What is visual culture / Nicholas Mirzoeff — Studying visual culture / Irit Rogoff — Narrativizing visual culture : towards a polycentric aesthetics / Ella Shohat and Robert Stam — Optics / Renâe Descartes — Scopic regimes of modernity / Martin Jay — Rhetoric of the image / Roland Barthes — Modernity and the spaces of femininity / Griselda Pollock — The Modern Art Museum / Carol Duncan — On collecting art and culture / James Clifford — A topographical amnesia / Paul Virilio — Woman in a mirror / Marshall McLuhan — Visual stories / Ann Reynolds — From The practice of everyday life / Michel de Certeau — Videotech / John Fiske — The wall, the screen and the image : the Vietnam Veterans Memorial / Marita Sturken — The persistence of vision / Donna Haraway — Science and the cinema / Lisa Cartwright — Reading the slender body / Susan Bordo — On the cutting edge : cosmetic surgery and the technological production of the gendered body / Anne Balsamo — Of other spaces / Michel Foucault — The camera obscura and its subject / Jonathan Crary — The mobilized and virtual gaze in modernity : flaneur/flaneuse / Anne Friedberg — From the Victoria Nyanza to the Sheraton San Salvador / Mary-Louise Pratt — Spectres of cyberspace / Geoffrey Batchen — Orientalism and the exhibitionary order / Timothy Mitchell — Soft-soaping empire : commodity racism and imperial advertising / Anne McClintock — From The colonial harem / Malek Alloula — Vodun art, social history and the slave trade / Suzanne Preston Blier — Art of darkness : black art and the problem of belonging to England / Paul Gilroy — Representing whiteness : seeing Wings of Desire / bell hooks — The gangsta and the diva / Andrew Ross — Passing for white, passing for black / Adrian Piper — The other history of intercultural performance / Coco Fusco — Remaking passports : visual thought in the debate on multiculturalism / Nâestor Garcâia Canclini — Engendering new worlds : allegories of rape and reconciliation / Oriana Baddeley — Ideal masculinities : and anatomy of power / Anthea Callen — The forbidden gaze : women artists and the male nude in late nineteenth-century France / Tamar Garb — Prohibition, psychoanalysis and the heterosexual matrix / Judith Butler — The third body : patterns in the construction of the subject in gay male narrative film / Thomas Waugh — Gender is burning : questions of appropriation and subversion / Judith Butler — Looking good : the lesbian gaze and fashion imagery / Reina Lewis — From The female nude : art, obscenity and sexuality / Lynda Nead — 'Penguin in bondage' : a graphic tale of Japanese comic books / Sandra Buckley — Idol thoughts : orgasm and self-reflexivity in gay pornography / Richard Dyer.

Product Details

Mirzoeff, Nicholas
Davids, Keith
Williams, Mark
London ;
History - General
Anthropology - Cultural
Popular Culture
Fine Arts
Art and society
Arts, Modern
Visual communication
Popular Culture - General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
November 1998
9.67x6.88x1.33 in. 2.66 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » American Studies » Popular Culture
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » Literary and Cultural Studies
Humanities » Philosophy » General

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