Picture Theory: Essays on Verbal and Visual Representation by W.J.T. Mitchell
What precisely, W.J.T. Mitchell asks, are pictures (and theories of pictures) doing now, in the late twentieth century, when the power of the visual is said to be greater than ever before, and the "pictorial turn" supplants the "linguistic turn" in the study of culture? This book by one of America's leading theorists of visual representation offers a rich account of the interplay between the visible and the readable across culture, from literature to visual art to the mass media.
Published by University of Chicago Press, 1994, softcover, 462 pages, 9 x 6 inches.