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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I thought it was incredible — the whole scene of her in the suitcase and traveling
through the guts of the airport and the breathing routine in there. And I was trying
to decide if she was panicking and would flip and kill herself, or if she was really ...
When I left last night, I thought it was a wonderful and powerful statement about
the oppression of women and I thought that was quite wonderful but not very
subtle. Then this morning when I had my second set of reactions, the film seemed
That's why I thought she was doomed. I thought she was just going to be a sheep,
and she wasn't." HT thought so because Mariyam's journey appears to materially
repeat the sheep's. Each is shown in the back seat of a car crossing a large ...
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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