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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It actively rejected it. French post-structuralist film theorists who developed a
theory of the "cinematic apparatus," such as Jean-Louis Baudry in his essay "
Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus," appropriated the
Perceiving representational cinema as a false image, the iconoclasts of "the
cinematic apparatus" theory used the language of psychoanalytic theory to attack
the credibility of the representational image in cinema. What would take its place
to women, for having "not sufficiently brought out the importance of the
representation of the female form" (22). Within the logic of this theory, the
omission occurred because the theorists of the cinematic apparatus had simply
followed Lacan's ...
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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