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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The rejection of images of people was only one aspect of iconoclasm, and a
consequence of another, more fundamental concept: that the consecrated people
and elements of the sacrament are images. The latter concept, that people are ...
They yield undepicted concepts, abstract ideas initially generated by perceived
images but distinguishable from them. Resorting to a mathematical concept, as
Peirce had, Eisenstein explained that the combination of images that constitute
An iconic montage of the kind advocated by Eisenstein provokes iconic readings
of the film from the viewer. That problematic quality is not erased by a concept of
one event following another. It is erased by a concept that one event, and only ...
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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