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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of the word "body" in reference to the thing "bread," that indicated the
figurativeness of the consecrating words. Metonymy violated the customary
representational meaning, and that violation was potentially invisible. The
figurative nature of the ...
It is not clear who all these Iranians are at the country house, but viewers referred
to them as "the Iranian community" or "those people" rather than a family.37 One
thing is clear: they are complicit in Mr. Amin's plan to have Mariyam wed Ali.
any such thing in nature" (4.447). The icon had no utility at the level most people
think of as a conventional function of signs, to represent things in the existing
world, to refer directly to the world one lives in. The icon's relationship to the
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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