Visual culture has become one of the most dynamic fields of scholarship, a reflection of how the study of human culture increasingly requires distinctively visual ways of thinking and methods of analysis. Bringing together leading international scholars to assess all aspects of visual culture, the Handbook aims to provide a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the subject.
The Handbook embraces the extraordinary range of disciplines which now engage in the study of the visual - film and photography, television, fashion, visual arts, digital media, geography, philosophy, architecture, material culture, sociology, cultural studies and art history. Throughout, the Handbook is responsive to the cross-disciplinary nature of many of the key questions raised in visual culture around digitization, globalization, cyberculture, surveillance, spectacle, and the role of art.
The Handbook guides readers new to the area, as well as experienced researchers, into the topics, issues and questions that have emerged in the study of visual culture since the start of the new millennium, conveying the boldness, excitement and vitality of the subject.
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About the Author
Ian Heywood is Visiting Research Fellow at the Lancaster Centre for Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University and author of Social Theories of Art: A Critique.
Barry Sandywell is Honorary Research Fellow in Social Theory in the Department of Sociology, University of York, UK. He is the author of, among other works, Logological Investigations and is co-editor, with Ian Heywood, of Interpreting Visual Culture: Explorations in the Hermeneutics of the Visual.
Michael Gardiner is Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Gunalan Nadarajan is Vice Provost for Research, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, USA.
Catherine Soussloff is Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture, Department of Art History and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz Division, USA.
Table of Contents
General Editorial Introduction
Critical Approaches to the Study of Visual Culture: An Introduction to the Handbook
PART ONE: HISTORY AND THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES
1. Major Theoretical Frameworks in Visual Culture, Margaret Dikovitskaya (PhD from Columbia University, USA)
2. Toward a New Visual Studies and Aesthetics: Theorizing the Turbans, Catherine M. Soussloff (University of British Columbia, Canada)
3. Scopic Regimes of Modernity Revisited, Martin Jay (University of California, USA)
4. Phenomenology and its Shadow: Visuality in the Late Work of Merleau-Ponty, Michael Gardiner (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
5. Hermeneutical Aesthetics and an Ontogeny of the Visual, Nicholas Davey (University of Dundee, UK)
PART TWO: ART AND VISUALITY
6. Visual Culture and Contemporary Art: Reframing the Picture, Recasting the Object? Robin Marriner (Bath Spa University, UK)
7. Beyond Museology: Reframing the Sensorium, Donald Preziosi (UCLA, USA)
8. Cubism and the Iconic Turban: A Climate of Practice, the Object and Representation, Ian Heywood (Lancaster University, UK)
9. Reframing Nature: The Visual Experience of Early Mountaineering, Simon Bainbridge (Lancaster University, UK)
10. The Work on the Street: Street Art and Visual Culture, Martin Irvine (Georgetown University, USA)
PART THREE: AESTHETICS, POLITICS AND VISUAL CULTURE
11. Sociology of the Spectacle: Politics, Terror, Desire, Roy Boyne (Executive Editorial Board, Theory, Culture and Society)
12. Art, Feminism and Visual Culture, Lisa Cartwright (University of California, USA)
13. Visual Consciousness: the Impact of New Media on Literate Culture, Nancy Roth (University College Falmouth, UK)
14. The 'Dictatorship of the Eye': Henri Lefebvre on Vision, Space and Modernity, Michael Gardiner (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
15. Cubist Collage and Visual Culture: Representation and Politics, Ian Heywood (Lancaster University, UK)
PART FOUR: PRACTICES AND INSTITUTIONS OF VISUAL CULTURE
16. Looking Sharp: Fashion Studies, Malcolm Barnard (Loughborough University, UK)
17. Seeing Things: Apprehending Material Culture, Tim Dant (University of Lancaster, UK)
18. Photography and Visual Culture, Fiona Summers (Lancaster University, UK)
19. Television as a Global Visual Medium, Kristyn Gorton (University of York, UK)
20. Film and Visual Culture, Andrew Spicer (University of the West of England, UK)
21. Pragmatic vision: connecting aesthetics, materiality and culture in landscape architectural practice, Kathryn Moore (Consultant, USA)
22. Images and Information in Cultures of Consumption, Martin Hand (Queen's University, Canada)
PART FIVE: DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIELD OF VISUAL CULTURE
23. The Question of Method: Practice, Reflexivity and Critique in Visual Culture Studies, Gillian Rose (The Open University, UK)
24. Digital Art and Visual Culture, Charlie Gere (Lancaster University, UK)
25. Digitalisation, Visualisation and the 'Descriptive Turban' in Contemporary Sociology, Roger Burrows (University of York, UK)
26. Action-based Visual and Creative Methods in Social Research, David Gauntlett and Fatimah Awan (both University of Westminster, UK)
27. Neuroscience and the Nature of Visual Culture, John Onians, Helen Anderson and Kajsa Berg (all University of East Anglia, UK)
28. Re-Visualizing Anthropology through the Lens of The Ethnographer's Eye, David Howes (Concordia University, Canada)
29. Seven Theses on Visual Culture: Toward a Critical-Reflexive Paradigm for the New Visual Studies, Barry Sandywell (University of York, UK)
30. Mapping the Visual Field: A Bibliographical Guide, Barry Sandywell (University of York, UK)