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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In this scene (and several others), she wears a long-sleeved, loose-fitting black
dress with a long and full skirt, a dress that achieves an effect very similar to the
veil. In other scenes she wears a black-and-white print dress — the print is ...
Whatever its agenda, the murder scene typically accomplishes it with absolute
clarity, with epistemological certainty. By contrast, The Suitors contains a murder
scene that is controversial and diffuse in its meaning. While it is in many ways the
In a way, the viewer realizes it's over only after the event, when the camera is
already inside the church and a new scene is already under way. Up to that point,
there is an expectation that the cinematography will return to the funeral scene, ...
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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