Theory of the Image: Capitalism, Contemporary Film, and Women
"Just about everything in this book is fresh and exciting." —Carol Siegel
Ann Kibbey’s Theory of the Image is based on a concept of the image as a dynamic relation rather than a thing. In three essays Kibbey contends that the image itself is an ideological construct. "The Capitalist Theory of the Image" argues that capitalism enforces social identity and fetishism through religious iconoclastic beliefs about the commodity as image. "Liberating a Woman from Her Image" creates a new feminist approach to women in film, breaking the symbiosis of woman and image at the heart of previous theory. "Relief from the Production of Certainties" challenges conservative and racist agendas informing the assumption that a photograph records an image. The book draws on extensive personal interviews and also provides detailed explications of important films in recent transnational cinema to demonstrate new theories of the image for a global society.
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Because early Protestant iconoclasts believed there was such a thing as a true
image, the significance of images as a source of power for them has been greatly
underestimated. As I demonstrate in this book, these early sources show not only
The social identity of the Protestant was a corporate identity, and membership in
this corporation, the church, was the definitive social identity. Although Catholics
also believed the church was the mystical body of Christ, the idea stands out in ...
Her translation of a French Protestant circular. 10. The word "iconic" is my own
translation of iconicas. The passage occurs in bk. 1, ch. 11. Battles translates the
word as "symbolical," thereby muting the issue of true and false images in the ...
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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