9780804741002

Image, Icon, Economy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780804741002

  • ISBN10:

    080474100X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-11-15
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
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Summary

The barest awareness of the ubiquity and influence of the media today provides proof enough that our fate is in the hands of the image. But when and how was this fate sealed? Image, Icon, Economy considers this question and recounts an essential thread in the conceptualization of visual images within the Western tradition. This book argues that the extraordinary force of the image in contemporary lifethe contemporary imaginarycan be traced back to the Byzantine iconoclastic controversy of the eighth and ninth centuries. It was during this period that the church was compelled to produce an account of the theological status of the religious image that would nevertheless not be open to even the slightest suspicion of idolatry. The solution arrived at was the dual doctrine of the image, invisible (and thus beyond the charge of idolatry) and the icon, visible, and thus perfectly fitted to be placed at the center of a pedagogical and political strategy serving the temporal power of the church. The foundations of this immense philosophical enterprise were laid in no less than the multifarious, interwoven strands of the divine economy, God's overall plan for the salvation of humanity.

Author Biography

Marie-José Mondzain is Director of Studies at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris.

Table of Contents

Translator's Note ix
Foreword xi
Introduction 1(10)
PART I: THE ECONOMY
Principal Themes
11(7)
A Semantic Study of the Term Economy
18(51)
PART II: THE ICONIC ECONOMY
The Doctrine of the Image and Icon
69(49)
Sacred Precinct and Profane Space
118(33)
Iconic Space and Territorial Rule
151(25)
PART III: IDOLS AND VERONICAS
The Idol's Delenda Est
176(16)
Ghost Story
192(17)
The Jew, Frontally and in Profile
209(18)
Extracts from the Iconoclast Horos of Hieria 227(6)
Extracts from the Antirrhetics, by Nikephoros, Patriarch of Constantinople 233(13)
Notes 246(13)
Bibliography 259

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