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W. J. T. Mitchell

Author of Iconology: Image, Text, Ideology

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W. J. T. Mitchell is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago. He is the author or editor of nine books published by the University of Chicago Press, including What Do show more Pictures Want? The Lives and Loves of Images. Mark B.N. Hansen is professor of literature and visual studies at Duke University. He is the author of New Philosophy for New Media, among other titles. show less
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Works by W. J. T. Mitchell

On Narrative (1981) 100 copies
Landscape and Power (1994) 98 copies
Antony Gormley: Blind Light (2007) 40 copies
Art and the Public Sphere (1992) 26 copies
Edward Said: Continuing the Conversation (2005) — Editor — 19 copies
Seeing Through Race (2012) 10 copies
QUE QUIEREN LAS IMAGENES? (2017) 4 copies

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This is a really 'good read' - a real page turner... which is saying something for a theory book. The book is a collection of essays, but generally these come together to make for a developing argument. At the heart of the book is a 'deconstruction' of the war on terror. It is makes a good case, and with clarity too - I'd like to imagine even policy-makers might get the nuances of deconstruction, which might make for a more peaceful world. One wonders.

The book also provides some neat summaries and application of key theoretical ideas that Mitchell has developed over the decades - so his account of iconology, the pictorial turn and the metapicture. He adds to these an argument about cloning and leads to the idea of a biopicture (echoing Foucault's biopolitics). The relationship between clones and images is interesting, but I find the argument gets a little forced and I didn't find the biopicture particularly convincing. Nonetheless, the book - even in what it doesn't end up doing - is an excellent example of what image studies can achieve... and what we need it to achieve...

I look forward to discussing the book at the forthcoming event in Chicago (http://www.stonesummertheoryinstitute.org/), and indeed discussing it with Tom Mitchell himself...
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s.manghani | Jul 3, 2011 |
A wonderfully clear but hardly simplistic analysis of the subject.
 
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