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Living Pictures





ISBN 9780367876562
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
296 Pages

 
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Book Description

W.J.T. Mitchell – one of the founders of visual studies – has been at the forefront of many disciplines such as iconology, art history and media studies. His concept of the pictorial turn is known worldwide for having set new philosophical paradigms in dealing with our vernacular visual world. This book will help both students and seasoned scholars to understand key terms in visual studies – pictorial turn, metapictures, literary iconology, image/text, biopictures or living pictures, among many others – while systematically presenting the work of Mitchell as one of the discipline's founders and most prominent figures. As a special feature, the book includes three comprehensive, authoritative and theoretically relevant interviews with Mitchell that focus on different stages of development of visual studies and critical iconology.

Table of Contents

Introduction



Krešimir Purgar



Part 1: Towards a Critical Iconology



1. The Changing Patterns of Iconology: Seven Questions to Mitchell from the 20th Century



Timothy Erwin



2. What is an Image? W.J.T. Mitchell's Picturing Theory



Francesco Gori



3. Post-Structuralist Iconology: Genealogical and Historical Concerns of Mitchell's Image Science



György E. Szőnyi



4. Iconology as Cultural Symptomatology: Dinosaurs, Clones and the Golden Calf in Mitchell's Image Theory



Krešimir Purgar



5. Words and Pictures in the Age of the Image: An Interview with W.J.T. Mitchell



Andrew McNamara



Part II: (Post)Disciplinary Context



6. From Image/Text to Biopictures: Key Concepts in W.J.T. Mitchell's Image Theory



Michele Cometa



7. The Birth of the Discipline: W.J.T. Mitchell and the Chicago School of Visual Studies 



Ian Verstegen



8. What Discipline? On Mitchell’s "Interdisciplinarity" and German Medienwissenschaft



Jens Schröter





9. Mitchell and Boehm – A Dialogue: Image Science in the European Context



Luca Vargiu



10. Images and their Incarnations: An Interview with W.J.T. Mitchell



Asbjørn Grønstad, Øyvind Vågnes



Part III: Interpretive Readings



11. What Do Photographs Want? Mitchell’s Theory of Photography from the Camera Obscura to the Networked Lens



Thomas Stubblefield



12. The Eyes Have Ears: Sound in W.J.T. Mitchell’s Pictures from Paragone to Occupy Wall Street



Hannah Higgins



13. Living Pictures of Democracy: W.J.T. Mitchell's Iconology as Political Philosophy



Maxime Boidy



14. Showing Showing: Reading Mitchell's "Queer" Metapictures



John Paul Ricco



15. After the Pictorial Turn: An Interview with W.J.T.

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Biography

Krešimir Purgar is Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Among his recent titles is the co-edited volume Theorizing Images (2016), as well as the articles "Coming to Terms with Images: Visual Studies and Beyond" (2016) and "What is not an Image (Anymore)? Iconic Difference, Immersion, and Iconic Simultaneity in the Age of Screens" (2015).