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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Besides destroying paintings and stained glass windows, they also smashed
statues, tombs, altars, baptismal fonts, reliquaries, rood screens, ritual vestments
— any material form that contained or suggested representational figures.
He secures truth in a figure that has power by virtue of being outside the arbitrary
system of linguistic signs. Saussure did not discuss this, nor did he acknowledge
that he picked a visual image to typify a natural sign. He does not say why he ...
18. Course in General Linguistics, p. 68. 19. Brown, States of Injury, esp. pp. 56-
61. 20. For an explanation of the sociolinguistic position, see Hymes,
Foundations in Sociolinguistics. 21. Jay, "Must Justice Be Blind." According to Jay
, the figure ...
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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