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Exploring Visual Culture : Definitions, Concepts, Contexts - Matthew Rampley

Exploring Visual Culture

Definitions, Concepts, Contexts

By: Matthew Rampley (Editor)

Paperback Published: 23rd June 2005
ISBN: 9780748618453
Number Of Pages: 272
For Ages: 22+ years old

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An introduction to the study of visual culture, this book offers a view of 'visual culture' that includes images, and other visual media and forms of expression, from architecture to fashion, design and the human body. The book is organized around three broad themes that explore ideas and debates that have occurred during the last twenty years

-the meanings of the term 'visual culture' and of the various practices that form its basis

-conceptual approaches to the contemporary analysis of visual culture

-the cultural, social and historical contexts informing its production, distribution and consumption.

The book adopts a cross-disciplinary perspective drawing on a wide range of examples from the last hundred years. Engaging in current debates about the uses and value of the study of visual culture it explores the limits of visual culture as an interdisciplinary field of study. It is valuable for readers new to the subject and for those seeking fresh perspectives on contemporary discussions within the field.

Features

Accessibly written by a team of experts in the field

Illustrated throughout

Includes chapters on a wide range of visual forms, including architecture and urban design, film, crafts, fashion, design, fine art and the media.

A recognisable guide that will be of use to undergraduates and those who want to come to terms quickly with the increasingly entrenched discourse. Where this book really rewards the reader is in the inclusion of overviews of the theoretical discussions taking place within visual cultural studies. These include perspicacious commentaries on important issues such as representation and realism, the significance of technical reproduction, and cyberculture. The Art Book It will no doubt become a core text for courses at undergraduate level... Both structure and layout are clear, the text is rigorous yet accesible and includes helpful concluding sentences and suggestions for further reading. -- Tara Hamling, University of Birmingham Art History A recognisable guide that will be of use to undergraduates and those who want to come to terms quickly with the increasingly entrenched discourse. Where this book really rewards the reader is in the inclusion of overviews of the theoretical discussions taking place within visual cultural studies. These include perspicacious commentaries on important issues such as representation and realism, the significance of technical reproduction, and cyberculture. It will no doubt become a core text for courses at undergraduate level... Both structure and layout are clear, the text is rigorous yet accesible and includes helpful concluding sentences and suggestions for further reading.

Definitions
Introduction What is Culture? What is Visual Culture?
Definitions of Art, and the Idea of the Art World
Craft
Origins and Present Status of the Concept
Modern Culture and the Role of Design
Fashion: Style and Meaning
Film and Photography
High Art or Popular Culture?
Representation and the Idea of Realism
Style and Visual Rhetoric
Authorship and the Problem of Creativity
The Ideology of the Visual
Art and Design after the Industrial Age
Folk Culture and Popular Traditions
Technical Production and Its Significance
From Mass Media to Cyberculture
Visual Culture and Its Institutions
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ISBN: 9780748618453
ISBN-10: 0748618457
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 23rd June 2005
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.3  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.48