Reading Images

Michael Riley (mriley@ADMIN.AURORA.EDU)
Fri, 5 Jan 1996 10:45:02 -0600

Bob Graber writes that post-modernism (along with "many students") has
reinforced a distressing preference "to exoticize and mystify the
so-called 'Other'." Since exoticizing the image of the Primitive
has been much more closely tied to the emergence of modernism, I for one
would like to know which strains of postmodernism he is indicting. Sally
Price's book _Primitive Art in Civilized Places_ treats this subject

A book which broke a lot of ground on perception and
images is David Freedberg's _The Power of the Image_, which employs a
cross-cultural psychological approach.

One of the grandparents of the iconic approach to images was a
book written by the economist Kenneth Boulding in the fifties or
sixties. _The Image_ explores the way that images become resilient
icons, and it's still a great read.

There's also Stuart McEwen's _All Consuming Images_, which deals with the
way they are used in advertising and mass culture.

P.S. My dog not only watches television obsessively, but she holds the
remote in her paw and uses it to flip channels.