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Picture Theory : Essays on Verbal and Visual Representation - W. J. T. Mitchell

Picture Theory

Essays on Verbal and Visual Representation

Paperback Published: 1st January 1994
ISBN: 9780226532325
Number Of Pages: 462

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In this companion volume to "Iconology", the author extends his investigation to pictures - the concrete, representational objects in which images appear. Although we have many words about pictures, Mitchell notes that we do not yet have a satisfactory theory of them. What we have is a variety of disciplines - semiotics, philosophical inquiries into representation, new departures in art history, studies in mass media - that attempt to converge on the problem of pictorial representation and visual culture. Identifying the problems inherent in the attempt to master visual representation with verbal discourse, Mitchell proposes instead to "picture theory." He looks at the way pictures function in theories about culture, consciousness, and representation, and at theory itself as a form of picturing. What precisely, he asks, are pictures (and theories about pictures) doing now , in the late 20th century, when the power of the visual is said to be greater than ever before, and the "pictorial turn" supplants the "linguistic turn" in the study of culture? Focusing on Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing", Oliver Stone's "JFK", and television coverage of the Gulf War, he examines the capacity of visual images to awaken or stifle public debate, collective emotion, and political violence. An "applied iconology," this volume by one of America's leading theorists of visual representation offers an account of the interplay between the visible and the readable across the culture, from literature to visual art to the mass media.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Pictorial Turn
Metapictures
Beyond Comparison: Picture, Text, and Method
Visible Language: Blake's Art of Writing
Ekphrasis and the Other6: Narrative, Memory, and Slavery
Ut Pictura Theoria: Abstract Painting and Language
Word, Image, and Object: Wall Labels for Robert Morris
The Photographic Essay: Four Case Studies
Illusion: Looking at Animals Looking
Realism, Irrealism, and Ideology: After Nelson Goodman
The Violence of Public Art: Do the Right Thing
From CNN to JFK
Conclusion: Some Pictures of Representation
Index
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ISBN: 9780226532325
ISBN-10: 0226532321
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 462
Published: 1st January 1994
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.0  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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