Picture Theory: Essays on Verbal and Visual Representation

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University of Chicago Press, 1995 - Art - 445 pages
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? 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.
 

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Mitchell (English and art, Univ. of Chicago), who is editor of Critical Inquiry, addresses a variety of concerns about the nexus of word and depiction. In cogent, jargon-free prose, Mitchell by turn ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Picture Theory
9
The Pictorial Turn
11
Metapictures
35
Beyond Comparison Picture Text and Method
81
Textual Pictures
107
Visible Language Blakes Art of Writing
109
Ekphrasis and the Other
149
Word Image and Object Wall Labels for Robert Morris
239
The Photographic Essay Four Case Studies
279
Pictures and Power
321
Illusion Looking at Animals Looking
327
Realism Irrealism and Ideology After Nelson Goodman
343
Pictures and the Pub Sphere
361
The Violence of Public Art Do the Right Thing
369
From CNN to JFK
395

Narrative Memory and Slavery
181
Pictorial Texts
207
Ut Pictura Theoria Abstract Painting and Language
211
Some Pictures of Representation
415
Index
425
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W. J. T. Mitchellnbsp;is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago and editor of Critical Inquiry.

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