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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A lot of intellectual film-makers in Iran, they really get away from realism and
introduce too much symbolism." That is, Iranian film-makers have often relied on
the represented image to express symbolic ideas — as if one could simply ...
Clover's analysis itself employs the discourse of phallic symbolism, ascribing
masculinity to the female hero who kills the threatening villain. The idea of a
public, dominant discourse of sexuality that is fundamentally female instead of
male is ...
Capitalism, Contemporary Film, and Women Ann Kibbey. good idea to move to
Iran or wear a veil. The symbolic power and value of the veil for women lies
outside Iranian culture, not within it, and at the imaginative and epistemological
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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