Visual culture : an introduction


Visual culture : an introduction

Manchester ; New York : Manchester university press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin’s Press, 1997

ISBN 978-0-7190-5020-6

Résumé :

This book is about the expanding realm of visual culture, which includes, amongst other things, the fields of architecture, art, design, advertising, photography, film, television, video, theatre performance, computer imagery and virtual reality. It is also about visual culture studies, a relatively new academic discipline, or rather range of disciplines, that scholars employ to analyse visual artefacts.
Unlike many other texts on the same subject, Visual culture : an introduction foreground the «visual» and is systematic and accessible. This book provides an overview of the subject that pays heed to the achievements of both traditional and new theory and, via references, the reader is directed towards a large body of literature.
Walker and Chaplin discuss the concepts of «the visual» and of «culture», as well as : the field and origins of visual culture studies ; coping with theory ; models of production and consumption ; institutions ; pleasure ; the canon and concepts of value ; visual literacy and poetics ; modes of analysis ; culture and commerce, and new technologies.
Intented as an introductory guide, this book is designed for undergraduates studying the history and theory of fine arts, design and the mass media.

John A. Walker is reader in art and design history and Sarah Chaplin is a lecturer in architectural and design theory at Middlesex University.

Axe de recherche :

  • Axe transversal : Cultures visuelles

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