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Visual Culture Approaches to the Selfie

Edited By Derek Conrad Murray Copyright 2022
    236 Pages 8 Color & 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 8 Color & 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 8 Color & 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This collection explores the cultural fascination with social media forms of self-portraiture, "selfies," with a specific interest in online self-imaging strategies in a Western context.

    This book examines the selfie as a social and technological phenomenon but also engages with digital self-portraiture as representation: as work that is committed to rigorous object-based analysis. The scholars in this volume consider the topic of online self-portraiture—both its social function as a technology-driven form of visual communication, as well as its thematic, intellectual, historical, and aesthetic intersections with the history of art and visual culture.

    This book will be of interest to scholars of photography, art history, and media studies.

    Introduction. The Selfie as Visual Culture: A Methodological Quandary

    Derek Conrad Murray

    1. Counter-Selfies and the Real Subsumption of Society

    Grant Bollmer

    2. Self-Portraiture and Self Performance

    Katherine Guinness

    3. Proliferating Identity: Trans Selfies as Contemporary Art

    Ace Lehner

    4. The Evolution of the Selfie: Influencers, Feminism and Visual Culture

    Derek Conrad Murray

    5. How Selfies Think: The Cognitive Dimensions of Digital Photography

    Kyle Parry

    6. Domestic Snapshots: Female Self-Imaging Practices Then and Now

    Soraya Murray

    7. The Selfie in Consumer Culture

    Jonathan Schroeder

    8. Selfie Narcissism, Consumerism and the Pathologizing of Women

    Derek Conrad Murray


    Derek Conrad Murray is a Professor of the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz.