ISBN-10: 1849205639

ISBN-13: 9781849205634

Edition: 2nd 2013

Authors: Sean Nixon, Stuart Hall, Jessica Evans

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Since 1997 Representation has been the go-to textbook for students learning the tools to question and critically analyze institutional and media texts and images. This long-awaited second edition:• updates and refreshes the approaches to representation, signalling key developments in the field• addresses the emergence of new technologies, media formats, politics and theories• includes an entirely new chapter on celebrity culture and reality TV• offers new exercises, readings, images and examples for a new generation of studentsThis book once again provides an indispensible resource for students and teachers in cultural and media studies.
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List price: $27.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 5/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

The Work Of Representation
Representation, Meaning and Language
Making meaning, representing things
Language and representation
Sharing the codes
Theories of representation
The language of traffic lights
Saussure's Legacy
The social part of language
Critique of Saussure's model
From Language to Culture: Linguistics to semiotics
Myth today
Discourse, Power and the Subject
From language to discourse
Historicizing discourse: discursive practices
From discourse to power/knowledge
Summary: Foucault and representation
Charcot and the performance of hysteria
Where is 'the Subject'?
How to make sense of Velasquez' Las Meninas
The subject of/in representation
Conclusion: Representation, meaning and language reconsidered
Readings for Chapter One
Norman Bryson, 'Language, reflection and still life'
Roland Barthes, 'The world of wrestling'
Roland Barthes, 'Myth today'
Roland Barthes, 'Rhetoric of the image'
Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, New Reflections on the Revolution of Our Time
Elaine Showalter, 'The performance of hysteria'
recording reality: documentary film and Television
What do we Mean by 'Documentary'?
Non-fiction texts
Defining documentary
Types of Documentary
Categorizing documentary
Alternative categories
Ethical documentary filmmaking
Dramatization and the Documentary
Scripting and re-enactment in the documentary
Documentary - An historic genre?
Reality TV
Natural History Documentaries
Documenting animal life
Readings for Chapter Two
Bill Nichols, 'The qualities of voice'
John Corner, 'Performing the real: documentary diversions'
Derek Bous�, 'Historia fabulosus'
The Poetics and the Politics of Exhibiting Other Cultures
Establishing Definitions, Negotiating Meanings, Discerning Objects
What is a 'museum'?
What is an 'ethnographic museum'?
Objects and meanings
The uses of text
Questions of context
Fashioning Cultures: The poetics of exhibiting
Introducing Paradise
Paradise regained
Structuring Paradise
Paradise: the exhibit as artefact
The myths of Paradise
Captivating Cultures: The politics of exhibiting
Knowledge and power
Displaying others
Museums and the construction of culture
Colonial spectacles
Devising New Models: Museums and their futures
Anthropology and colonial knowledge
The writing of anthropological knowledge
Collections as partial truths
Museums and contact zones
Art, artefact and ownership
Readings for Chapter Three
John Tradescant the younger, extracts from Musaeum Tradescantianum
Elizabeth A. Lawrence, 'His very silence speaks: the horse who survived Custer's Last Stand'
Michael O'Hanlon, Paradise: portraying the New Guinea Highlands
James Clifford, 'Paradise'
Annie E. Coombes, 'Material culture at the crossroads of knowledge: the case of the Benin "bronzes'"
John Picton, 'To see or not to see! That is the question'
The Spectacle Of The 'Other'
Heroes or villains?
Why does' difference' matter?
Racializing the 'Other'
Commodity racism: Empire and the domestic world
Meanwhile, down on the plantation …
Signifying racial 'difference'
Staging Racial 'Difference': 'And the melody lingered on …'
Heavenly bodies
Stereotyping as a Signifying Practice
Representation, difference and power
Power and fantasy
Fetishism and disavowal
Contesting a Racialized Regime of Representation
Reversing the stereotypes
Positive and negative images
Through the eye of representation
Readings for Chapter Four
Anne McClintock, 'Soap and commodity spectacle'
Richard Dyer, 'Africa'
Sander Gilman, 'The deep structure of stereotypes'
Kobena Mercer, 'Reading racial fetishism'
Exhibiting Masculinity
Conceptualizing Masculinity
Plural masculinities
Thinking relationally
Invented categories
Discourse and Representation
Discourse, power/knowledge and the subject
Visual Codes of Masculinity
'Street style'
'Italian American'
'Conservative Englishness'
Spectatorship and Subjectivization
Psychoanalysis and subjectivity
The spectacle of masculinity
The problem with psychoanalysis and film theory
Techniques of the self
Consumption and Spectatorship
Sites of representation
Just looking
Spectatorship, consumption and the 'new man'
Readings for Chapter Five
Steve Neale, 'Masculinity as spectacle'
Sean Nixon, 'Technologies of looking: retailing and the visual'
Genre and Gender: The Case of Soap Opera
Representation and Media Fictions
Fiction and everyday life
Fiction as entertainment
But is it good for you?
Mass Culture and Gendered Culture
Women's culture and men's culture
Images of women vs real women
Entertainment as a capitalist industry
Dominant ideology, hegemony and cultural negotiation
The gendering of cultural forms: high culture vs mass culture
Genre, Representation and Soap Opera
The genre system
The genre product
Genre and mass-produced fiction
Genre as standardization and differentiation
The genre product as text
Genres and binary differences
Genre boundaries
Signification and reference
Cultural verisimilitude, generic verisimilitude and realism
Media production and struggles for hegemony
Genres for Women: The case of soap opera
Genre, soap opera and gender
The invention of soap opera
Women's culture
Soap opera as women's genre
Soap opera's binary oppositions
Serial form and gender representation
Soap opera's address to the female audience
Talk vs action
Soap opera's serial world
Textual address and the construction of subjects
The ideal spectator
Female reading competence
Cultural competence and the implied reader of the text
The social audience
Soap opera: a woman's form no more?
Dissolving genre boundaries and gendered negotiations
Readings for Chapter Six
Tania Modleski, 'The search for tomorrow in today's soap operas'
Charlotte Brunsdon, 'Crossroads: notes on soap opera'
Su Holmes and Deborah Jermyn, 'Why not Wife Swap?'
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