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An Introduction to Visual Culture - Nicholas Mirzoeff

An Introduction to Visual Culture

Paperback Published: 26th May 2009
ISBN: 9780415327596
Number Of Pages: 330

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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. This new, completely updated second edition has been adapted to match the challenges of interpreting globalization since the publication of the first edition a decade ago.

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 Holbeina (TM)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 a racea (TM) 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 ongoing war in Iraq.

List of illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. xiii
Illustration acknowledgmentsp. xvi
Introduction: Global Visual Cultures: Paradox and Comparisonp. 1
Keyword The Division of the Sensiblep. 17
Sight becomes Vision: From al-Haytham to Perspectivep. 21
Keyword Culture as Transculturep. 41
"1492": Expulsions, Expropriations, Encountersp. 45
Breakout Image The Ambassadors: Slavery and the Gazep. 63
Slavery, Modernity and Visual Culturep. 68
Keyword Visualityp. 89
Panoptic Modernityp. 94
Keyword Modernityp. 113
Breakout Image Photography and Deathp. 119
Imperial Transcultures: From Kongo to Congop. 127
Keyword Racep. 147
Sexuality Disrupts: Measuring the Silencesp. 153
Keyword The Fetish and the Gazep. 169
Inventing the Westp. 176
Keyword Empire and the State of Emergencyp. 192
Decolonizing Visionsp. 197
Keyword Networksp. 218
Discrete States: Digital Worlds from the Difference Engine to Web 2.0p. 224
Breakout Image Blade Runnerp. 245
The Death of the Death of Photographyp. 250
Keyword Spectacle and Surveillancep. 264
Celebrity: From Imperial Monarchy to Reality TVp. 271
Breakout Image The Abu Ghraib Photographsp. 287
Watching Warp. 292
Indexp. 310
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ISBN: 9780415327596
ISBN-10: 0415327598
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 26th May 2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition