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 recognition of metonymy depended on a perceived discrepancy between the
name and the thing, between the words and the "physical and visible objects" to
which they referred. It was the perceived lack of resemblance between body ...
They had no difficulty separating themselves from the image of the veil, or
understanding their own value apart from it, because they perceived it as an alien
practice that was externally imposed on them, that was never a part of who they
The Story of the Sheep Although state terrorism is a common idea among people
in countries in the Middle East and Central Asia, in the U.S. terrorism is perceived
as an act committed by isolated fanatics, domestic or foreign, who are male ...
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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