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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However, given this unbridled hostility toward the image, it seems strange that
Lacan brought the idea of the mirror stage into psychoanalytic theory. One would
have thought he would construct great barriers against it. Goux's interpretation of
38 Lacan also connected images with violence, going on to argue for an intrinsic
connection between the mirror stage and aggressive violence.39 The mirror
image was overwhelming, fundamentally false, and inspired acts of violence.
Lacan, "The Mirror Stage as Formative for the Function of the I," in Ecrits, p. 2.
References to this essay are hereafter cited in the text. As to why the mirror stage
occurred, Lacan's explanation seems like a satire on the important concept of ...
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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