Iconology: Image, Text, Ideology

Paperback | July 15, 1987

byW. J. T. Mitchell

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"[Mitchell] undertakes to explore the nature of images by comparing them with words, or, more precisely, by looking at them from the viewpoint of verbal language. . . . The most lucid exposition of the subject I have ever read."—Rudolf Arnheim, Times Literary Supplement

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This is a book about the things people say about images. It is not primarily concerned with specific pictures and the things people say about them, but rather with the way we talk about the idea of imagery, and all its related notions of picturing, imagining, perceiving, likening, and imitating. It is a book about images, therefore, th...

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"[Mitchell] undertakes to explore the nature of images by comparing them with words, or, more precisely, by looking at them from the viewpoint of verbal language. . . . The most lucid exposition of the subject I have ever read."—Rudolf Arnheim, Times Literary Supplement

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This is a book about the things people say about images. It is not primarily concerned with specific pictures and the things people say about them, but rather with the way we talk about the idea of imagery, and all its related notions of picturing, imagining, perceiving, likening, and imitating. It is a book about images, therefore, th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9.06 × 6.13 × 0.6 inPublished:July 15, 1987Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226532291

ISBN - 13:9780226532295

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Iconology
Part One: The Idea of Imagery
1. What Is an Image?
Part Two: Image versus Text Figures of the Differences
2. Pictures and Paragraphs: Nelson Goodman and the Grammar of Differences
3. Nature and Convention: Gombrich's Illusions
4. Space and Time: Lessing's Laocoon and the Politics of Genre
5. Eye and Ear: Edmund Burke and the Politics of Sensibility
Part Three: Image and Ideology
6. The Rhetoric of Iconoclasm: Marxism, Ideology, and Fetishism
Bibliography
Index

From Our Editors

This is a book about the things people say about images. It is not primarily concerned with specific pictures and the things people say about them, but rather with the way we talk about the idea of imagery, and all its related notions of picturing, imagining, perceiving, likening, and imitating. It is a book about images, therefore, that has no illustrations except for a few schematic diagrams, a book about vision written as if by a blind author for a blind reader. If it contains any insight into real, material pictures, it is the sort that might come to a blind listener, overhearing the conversation the sighted speakers talking about images. My hypothesis is that such a listener might see patterns in these conversations that would be invisible to the sighted participant.