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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I also critique the image theories of French post-structuralists Barthes, Debord,
and Baudrillard, and briefly consider the psychoanalytic theory of Lacan, to show
how these widely regarded critical theories stayed within the parameters of the ...
own discourse in For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign. He
describes various ways that the sign system works, he occasionally hails "
monopoly capitalism," but he does not articulate a vantage point of critique,
another way to think.
Critique of Barthes Unlike Baudrillard, whose sacramental semiotics was filtered
through an analysis of the commodity, Roland Barthes' semiotics drew more
directly on the basic premises of the Calvinist sacrament in his Mythologies, the
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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