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1st Edition

W.J.T. Mitchell's Image Theory
Living Pictures

Edited By

Krešimir Purgar

ISBN 9781138185562
Published December 12, 2016 by Routledge
310 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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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


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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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).