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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By taking a materialist approach to the Protestant semiotics of the image in Essay
One, I show the congruence between the Protestant sacramental image and the
commodity of Marx's theory. As well, I explain how corporate distribution and ...
It is not difficult to understand her surprise if one considers her stated intentions in
the essay — an often overlooked part of what she said. She had begun and
concluded her analysis with paragraphs about the technological possibilities ...
See, for example, the section of Baudry's essay "The Screen-Mirror:
Specularization and Double Identification," in "Ideological Effects," p. 44. 42.
Callenbach, "Editor's Notebook," p. 2. He laments, "We may read lengthy tracts, in
Screen and ...
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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