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Mitchell, W. J. T. (William John Thomas) 1942-

Works: 168 works in 630 publications in 6 languages and 15,942 library holdings
Genres: Art  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Essays  History  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Honoree, Contributor, Compiler, Other, Interviewer
Classifications: N7565, 801.95
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Most widely held works by W. J. T Mitchell
Seeing through race by W. J. T Mitchell( )

18 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"According to W.J.T. Mitchell, a "color-blind" post-racial world is neither achievable nor desirable. Against popular claims that race is an outmoded construct that distracts from more important issues, Mitchell contends that race remains essential to our understanding of social reality. Race is not simply something to be seen but is among the fundamental media through which we experience human otherness. Race also makes racism visible and is thus our best weapon against it. The power of race becomes most apparent at times when pedagogy fails, the lesson is unclear, and everyone has something to learn. Mitchell identifies three such moments in America's recent racial history. First is the post-Civil Rights moment of theory, in which race and racism have been subject to renewed philosophical inquiry. Second is the moment of blackness, epitomized by the election of Barack Obama and accompanying images of blackness in politics and popular culture. Third is the "Semitic Moment" in Israel-Palestine, where race and racism converge in new forms of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Mitchell brings visual culture, iconology, and media studies to bear on his discussion of these critical turning points in our understanding of the relation between race and racism"--Jacket
Cloning terror : the war of images, 9/11 to the present by W. J. T Mitchell( )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and German and held by 1,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The phrase 'War on Terror' has quietly been retired from official usage, but it persists in the American psyche, and our understanding of it is hardly complete. Exploring the role of verbal and visual images in the War on Terror, the author finds a conflict whose shaky metaphoric and imaginary conception has created its own reality
Iconology : image, text, ideology by W. J. T Mitchell( Book )

44 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author explores the nature of images by comparing them with words. He singles out four theorists -- Nelson Goodman, Ernst Gombrich, G. E. Lessing, and Edmund Burke -- to discuss the structural differences between text and image, eye and ear, nature and convention, and space and time
Picture theory : essays on verbal and visual representation by W. J. T Mitchell( Book )

34 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 1,215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Landscape and power by W. J. T Mitchell( Book )

32 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text considers landscape not simply as an object to be seen or a text to be read, but as an instrument of cultural force, a central tool in the creation of national and social identities. This edition adds a new preface and five new essays
What do pictures want? : the lives and loves of images by W. J. T Mitchell( Book )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 990 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why do we have such powerful responses toward the images and pictures we see in everyday life? Why do we behave as if pictures were alive, possessing the power to influence us, to demand things from us, to persuade us, seduce us, or even lead us astray?" "According to W.J.T. Mitchell, we need to reckon with images not just as inert objects that convey meaning but as animated beings with desires, needs, appetites, demands, and drives of their won. What Do Pictures Want? explores this idea and highlights Mitchell's innovative and profoundly influential thinking on picture theory and the lives and loves of images. Ranging across the visual arts, literature, and mass media, Mitchell applies analyses to Byzantine icons and cyberpunk films, racial stereotypes and public monuments, ancient idols and modern clones, offensive images and found objects, American photography and aboriginal painting."--Jacket
Blake's composite art : a study of the illuminated poetry by W. J. T Mitchell( Book )

24 editions published between 1978 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Language of images by W. J. T Mitchell( Book )

26 editions published between 1980 and 1997 in English and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A remarkably rich and provocative set of essays on the virtually infinite kinds of meanings generated by images in both the verbal and visual arts. Ranging from Michelangelo to Velazquez and Delacroix, from the art of the emblem book to the history of photography and film, The Language of Images offers at once new ways of thinking about the inexhaustibly complex relation between verbal and iconic representation."--James A.W. Heffernan, Dartmouth College
On narrative( Book )

27 editions published between 1976 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays examine the way stories are told, understood, and used to represent and make sense of the world
The last dinosaur book : the life and times of a cultural icon by W. J. T Mitchell( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For animals that have been dead millions of years, dinosaurs are extraordinarily pervasive in our everyday lives. Appearing in ads, books, movies, museums, television, toy stores, and novels, they continually fascinate both adults and children. How did they move from natural extinction to pop culture resurrection? What is the source of their powerful appeal? Until now, no one has addressed this question in a comprehensive way. In this exploration of the animal's place in our lives, W.J.T. Mitchell shows why we are so attached to the myth and the reality of the "terrible lizards."" "Drawing a distinction between Dinosauria, a scientific grouping of extinct land animals, and dinosaurs, the cultural icons, Mitchell traces the family tree of the latter. What he discovers is a creature of striking flexibility, linked to dragons and mammoths, skyscrapers and steam engines, cowboys and Indians. In the vast territory between the cunning predators of Jurassic Park and the mawkishly sweet Barney, from political leviathans to corporate icons, from paleontology to Barnum and Bailey, Mitchell finds a cultural symbol whose plurality of meaning and often contradictory nature is emblematic of modern society itself."--Jacket
Against theory : literary studies and the new pragmatism by W. J. T Mitchell( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1994 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art and the public sphere by W. J. T Mitchell( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This anthology of wide-ranging essays by leading critics and artists addresses recent controversies in American public art. Prevailing issues focus on historical, symbolic, political, legal, and cultural concerns"--Back cover
The Politics of interpretation( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 1989 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Occupy : three inquiries in disobedience by W. J. T Mitchell( Book )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mic check! Mic check! Lacking amplification in Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street protesters addressed one another by repeating and echoing speeches throughout the crowd. In Occupy, W.J.T. Mitchell, Bernard E. Harcourt, and Michael Taussig take the protesters' lead and perform their own resonant call-and-response, playing off of each other in three essays that engage the extraordinary Occupy movement that has swept across the world, examining everything from self-immolations in the Middle East to the G8 crackdown in Chicago to the many protest signs still visible worldwide. "You break through the screen like Alice in Wonderland," Taussig writes in the opening essay, "and now you can't leave or do without it." Following Taussig's artful blend of participatory ethnography and poetic meditation on Zuccotti Park, political and legal scholar Harcourt examines the crucial difference between civil and political disobedience. He shows how by effecting the latter--by rejecting the very discourse and strategy of politics--Occupy Wall Street protesters enacted a radical new form of protest. Finally, media critic and theorist Mitchell surveys the global circulation of Occupy images across mass and social media and looks at contemporary works by artists such as Antony Gormley and how they engage the body politic, ultimately examining the use of empty space itself as a revolutionary monument. Occupy stands not as a primer on or an authoritative account of 2011's revolutions, but as a snapshot, a second draft of history, beyond journalism and the polemics of the moment--an occupation itself."--Publisher's website
Critical terms for media studies by W. J. T Mitchell( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Communications, philosophy, film and video, digital culture: media studies straddles an astounding array of fields and disciplines and produces a vocabulary that is in equal parts rigorous and intuitive. "Critical Terms for Media Studies" defines, and at times redefines, what this new and hybrid area aims to do, illuminating the key concepts behind its liveliest debates and most dynamic topics. Part of a larger conversation that engages culture, technology, and politics, this exciting collection of essays explores our most critical language for dealing with the qualities and modes of contemporary media. Edited by two outstanding scholars in the field, W.J.T. Mitchell and Mark B.N. Hansen, and featuring a team of distinguished contributors - including N. Katherine Hayles, Johanna Drucker, and Bernard Stiegler - "Critical Terms for Media Studies" offers diverse opportunities for students to understand the language that underpins much of new media. The essays, commissioned expressly for this volume, not only emphasize the ways in which technology changes our understanding of mediation, but also help to articulate issues important to media practitioners, such as the obsolescence of the body and the changing role of memory. Mitchell and Hansen have organized these essays into three interrelated groups: 'Aesthetics' engages with terms that describe sensory experiences and judgments, 'Technology' offers entry into a broad array of technological concepts, and 'Society' invites inquiry into language that describes the systems that allow a medium to function. A compelling reference work for the twenty-first century and the media that form our experience within it, "Critical Terms for Media Studies" will engage and deepen anyone's knowledge of one of our most important new fields
Edward Said : continuing the conversation by Edward W Said( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Image science : iconology, visual culture, and media aesthetics by W. J. T Mitchell( Book )

16 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and Spanish and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antony Gormley : blind light by Anthony Vidler( Book )

13 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Anthony Gormley is widely recognised as one of the most imaginative and original artists working in the UK today. This illustrated book accompanies the exhibition Anthony Gormley: Blind Light at The Hayward, the artist's first major showing in London in over 25 years." "Since the 1980s Gormley has focused consistently on the human figure, often using his own body as the starting point for works that explore our perception of space, architecture, and bodily presence." "Alongside specially commissioned photography of Gormley's major new projects, the book includes an original visual essay by the artist that elaborates his aesthetic preoccupations with images selected from his own photographic archive. Essays from leading writers and scholars Anthony Vidler, Susan Stewart and W.J.T. Mitchell provide a context in which to understand Gormley's new work, while an in-depth interview with The Hayward Director Ralph Rugoff and co-curator Jacky Klein reconsiders Gormley's place within contemporary culture and the history of art."--Jacket
The altered landscape : photographs of a changing environment by Lucy R Lippard( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A comprehensive look at the work of 100 contemporary photographers who capture the impact of human activity on natural landscapes. The Altered Landscape is a provocative collection of photographs representing a wide range of artists, techniques, visual styles, subjects, and ideological positions. Organized chronologically, the more than 150 images-by artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Chris Jordan, Catherine Opie, and Edward Burtynsky-reveal the ways that individuals and industries have marked, mined, toured, tested, developed, occupied, and exploited landscapes over the last fifty years. From Robert Adams and Lewis Baltz, two of the most influential photographers to document environmental destruction in the American West, to Richard Misrach and Mark Klett, who examine abuse of natural resources, these moving images reveal the diversity of voices within the field of contemporary photography. In Association with the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno."--Publisher's website
The late Derrida( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Picture theory : essays on verbal and visual representation
Iconology : image, text, ideologyPicture theory : essays on verbal and visual representationLandscape and powerWhat do pictures want? : the lives and loves of imagesThe Language of imagesOn narrativeThe last dinosaur book : the life and times of a cultural iconAgainst theory : literary studies and the new pragmatism
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ミッチェル, W. J. T