Theory of the Image

Theory of the Image : Capitalism,Contemporary Film,and Women

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"Just about everything in this book is fresh and exciting." -Carol Siegel Ann Kibbey's Theory of the Image is based on a concept of the image as a dynamic relation rather than a thing. In three essays Kibbey contends that the image itself is an ideological construct. "The Capitalist Theory of the Image" argues that capitalism enforces social identity and fetishism through religious iconoclastic beliefs about the commodity as image. "Liberating a Woman from Her Image" creates a new feminist approach to women in film, breaking the symbiosis of woman and image at the heart of previous theory. "Relief from the Production of Certainties" challenges conservative and racist agendas informing the assumption that a photograph records an image. The book draws on extensive personal interviews and also provides detailed explications of important films in recent transnational cinema to demonstrate new theories of the image for a global society.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 164 x 226 x 20mm | 458.14g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 30 b&w photos
  • 0253217466
  • 9780253217462
  • 2,112,272

About Ann M. Kibbey

Ann Kibbey is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado and editor of Genders. She is author of The Interpretation of Material Shapes in Puritanism: A Study of Rhetoric, Prejudice, and Violence. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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"Just about everything in this book is fresh and exciting." --Carol Siegel
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Table of contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Capitalist Theory of the Image The Iconoclastic Theory of the Image and the Corporation Congruence with the Capitalist Economy Critique of Baudrillard Critique of Barthes Debord and the Social Production of the Image Screening Out: Lacan's Mirror Stage and the Cinematic Apparatus Mulvey's Symbiosis of Woman and Image 2. Liberating a Woman from Her Image The Suitors Persian Narrative Structure and Activating the Audience The Story of the Veil The Story of the Sheep How Images Move the Story Around Character and the Mutable Image of the Veil The Stabbing Exit the Black Screen Suitcase 3. Relief from the Production of Certainties Overview: Peirce, Eisenstein, Manchevski The Icon as a Set of Relations Indexes: The Natural Image, Racism, Photography Why Eisenstein Has Been a Threat Before the Rain: An Iconic Film Women, Time, Photos "Have a Nice War. Take Pictures." Linear Narrative, Cubist Narrative Selected Bibliography Index
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