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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 6/26/2009.
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An Introduction to Visual Culture provides a wide-ranging introduction to the now established interdisciplinary field of visual culture.

Author Biography

Nicholas Mirzoeff is Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. He is author and editor of many books including Watching Babylon (1995) and The Visual Culture Reader (2002).

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. xiii
Illustration acknowledgmentsp. xvi
Introduction: Global Visual Cultures: Paradox and Comparisonp. 1
Keyword The Division of the Sensiblep. 17
Sight becomes Vision: From al-Haytham to Perspectivep. 21
Keyword Culture as Transculturep. 41
"1492": Expulsions, Expropriations, Encountersp. 45
Breakout Image The Ambassadors: Slavery and the Gazep. 63
Slavery, Modernity and Visual Culturep. 68
Keyword Visualityp. 89
Panoptic Modernityp. 94
Keyword Modernityp. 113
Breakout Image Photography and Deathp. 119
Imperial Transcultures: From Kongo to Congop. 127
Keyword Racep. 147
Sexuality Disrupts: Measuring the Silencesp. 153
Keyword The Fetish and the Gazep. 169
Inventing the Westp. 176
Keyword Empire and the State of Emergencyp. 192
Decolonizing Visionsp. 197
Keyword Networksp. 218
Discrete States: Digital Worlds from the Difference Engine to Web 2.0p. 224
Breakout Image Blade Runnerp. 245
The Death of the Death of Photographyp. 250
Keyword Spectacle and Surveillancep. 264
Celebrity: From Imperial Monarchy to Reality TVp. 271
Breakout Image The Abu Ghraib Photographsp. 287
Watching Warp. 292
Indexp. 310
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