Picture theory

Mitchell W.J.T.

Picture theory : essays on verbal and visual representation

Chicago [Ill.] ; London : University of Chicago Press, 1994, 1 vol. (XV-445 p.).

ISBN 978-0-226-53232-5

Résumé :

What are images ? How do they differ from words ? What, precisely, W.J.T. Mitchell asks, are pictures (and theories of pictures) doing now, in the late twentieth 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 ? In this companion volume to Iconology, Mitchell explores the ways in which pictures function in theories about culture, consciousness, and representation, and looks at theory itself as a form of picturing. Drawing on contemporary and controversial films, such as Spike Lee’s Do the right thing and Oliver Stone’s JFK, as well as media coverage of national news, Mitchell examines and illustrates the shaping force of visual images to awaken or stifle public debate, collective emotion, and political violence.
This book by one of America’s leading theorists of visual representation offers a rich account of the interplay between the visible and the readable across culture, from literature to visual art to the mass media.

W.J.T. Mitchell is the Gaylord Donnelley distinguished service professor in the Department of english language and literature and the department of art at the University of Chicago and editor of the journal Critical inquiry. Mitchell’s book Iconology is also available from the University of Chicago Press.

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  • Axe transversal : Cultures visuelles

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