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This text provides an accessible critical introduction to a variety of different analytic strategies for understanding the range of objects (paintings, sculpture, adverts, furniture, textiles, photography, fashion, etc.) that make up visual culture. Beginning with a discussion of what understanding can be taken to mean in relation to visual culture, it devotes separate chapters to different approaches to its study, using carefully chosen examples to illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of these. The major figures associated with particular analytic strategies (Hebdige, Panofsky, Barthes, Wolff, etc.) are critically discussed throughout. Alternative, more advanced readings are also explored and crucial questions posed, such as 'Are we always, or ever, in control of our understanding?'

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333772881
ISBN-10: 0333772881
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 12mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 22-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Malcolm Barnard

MALCOLM BARNARD is Senior Lecturer in the School of Art and Design at the University of Derby, where he teaches the history and theory of art and design. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Sociology and a PhD in Philosophy from the universities of York and Warwick, and his publications include Fashion as Communication and Art, Design and Visual Culture: An Introduction.

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