Visual Culture Studies presents 13 engaging and detailed interviews with some of the most influential intellectuals working today on the objects, subjects, media, and environments of visual culture. Exploring historical and theoretical questions of vision, the visual, and visuality, this collection reveals the provocative insights of these thinkers, as they have contributed in exhilarating ways to disturbing the parameters of more traditional areas of study across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In so doing they have key roles in establishing visual culture studies as a significant field of inquiry. Each interview draws out the interests and commitments of the interviewee to critically interrogate the past, present, and future possibilities of visual culture studies and visual culture itself.

That Visual Turn: The Advent of Visual Culture1

That Visual Turn: The Advent of Visual Culture1

That visual turn: The advent of visual culture1


Martin Jay is Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of the History at the University of California, Berkeley. Co-editor of Vision in Context (1996), his books include The Dialectical Imagination: History of the Frankfurt School and the Institution of Social Research, 1923–1950 (1973), Marxism and Totality: The Adventures of a Concept from Lukács to Habermas (1984), Permanent Exiles: Essays on the Intellectual Migration from Germany to America (1990), Downcast Eyes: The Denigration of Vision in Twentieth-Century French Thought (1994), Adorno (1984), Cultural Semantics: Key Words of Our Time (1998), Refractions of Violence (2003), and Songs of Experience: Modern American and European Variations on a Universal Theme (2005). With a commitment that ranges ...

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