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Image Critique and the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Paperback)
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Image Critique and the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 21/08/2009
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Sunil Manghani's "Image Critique and the Fall of the Berlin Wall" examines the use of visual image, using the event of the fall of the Berlin Wall as a contemporary case study.The book presents a new critical visual theory: image critique - a dual procedure combining a focus on both analysing and interpreting images, with a consideration of how images can be used to critically examine and engage with our contemporary culture. Manghani's interdisciplinary approach is complimented by a vast array of sources, including illustrative visual images, creating an accessible and lively debate.Manghani examines current debates surrounding visual culture, ranging from such topics as Francis Fukuyama's end of history thesis to metapictures and East German film. The result is an exhilarating interweaving of history, politics, and visual culture.It presents an image-based approach to critical theory. It provides a rich interplay of text and image. It offers a large number of images and stills. Whilst much has been written about Berlin and the Berlin Wall (mostly in the context of WWII or German reunification), this publication is the first to focus specifically on the media angle of the event, and its significance and influence in the development of political debate.

Publisher: Intellect Books
ISBN: 9781841501901
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 230 x 174 x 15 mm


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"Sunil Manghani's "Image Critique & the Fall of the Berlin Wall" is the best sort of scholarly book--an intellectually grounded and theoretically adventurous critical performance. Through his concept of image critique, Manghani makes a virtue out of the many attributes of images that bedevil visual cultural studies, rightly insisting that rather than domesticating images for the tyranny of the word, scholars must do visual studies from the ground of images, in the process reconceptualizing theory and criticism. Manghani adeptly anchors his insights in close engagements with images, most notably images from the event of the fall of the Berlin Wall. If heeded, Manghani's book will change the trajectory of visual cultural studies by making critique a performance with force in the world."
--Kevin DeLuca, University of Georgia"
Sunil Manghani s "Image Critique & the Fall of the Berlin Wall" is the best sort of scholarly book an intellectually grounded and theoretically adventurous critical performance. Through his concept of image critique, Manghani makes a virtue out of the many attributes of images that bedevil visual cultural studies, rightly insisting that rather than domesticating images for the tyranny of the word, scholars must do visual studies from the ground of images, in the process reconceptualizing theory and criticism. Manghani adeptly anchors his insights in close engagements with images, most notably images from the event of the fall of the Berlin Wall. If heeded, Manghani s book will change the trajectory of visual cultural studies by making critique a performance with force in the world.
--Kevin DeLuca, University of Georgia"

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