Publisher description for Practices of looking : an introduction to visual culture / Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright.


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Ideal for students studying visual culture for the first time, Practices of Looking explores the ways we use and understand images. Truly interdisciplinary, this comprehensive and engaging introduction can be used in courses across a range of disciplines including media and film studies, communications, art history, and photography. Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright look at the diverse range of recent approaches to visual analysis and lead students through key theories on visual culture, providing explanations of the fundamentals of these theories and also presenting visual examples of how they function. Using over 180 illustrations, they examine how images--paintings, prints, photographs, film, television, video, advertisements, news images, the Internet, digital images, and images from science--gain meaning in different cultural arenas, from art and commerce to science and the law. The images are analyzed in relation to a range of cultural and representational issues (desire, power, the gaze, bodies, sexuality, and ethnicity) and methodologies (semiotics, Marxism, psychoanalysis, feminism, and postcolonial theory).


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Art and society.
Culture.
Visual perception.
Visual communication.
Popular culture.
Communication and culture.