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Defining Visual Culture

Jennifer Burns
The list author says: "This list may help students who want to know more about specific topics presented in Art 100 "Understanding Visual Culture.""
Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction
Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction
"This book is probably the best existing introduction to the field of Visual Culture. Though at times Elkins gets caught up in more internal scholarly debates, overall this volume provides an intelligible account for readers who are just beginning their study of visual culture."
Visual Culture Studies: Interviews with Key Thinkers
Visual Culture Studies: Interviews with Key Thinkers
"Intriguing and methodologically nuanced, this work uses interviews to focus on the individual commitments and choices of people working in this field."
From Art History to Visual Culture: The Study of the Visual after the Cultural Turn
From Art History to Visual Culture: The Study of the Visual after the Cultural Turn
"This is not my favorite introduction to visual culture, since it relies on a "usual suspects" approach tethered to a positivist conception of history. But some students may appreciate the story it tells precisely because its timeworn approach makes it a bit easier to follow than Smith or Elkins."
Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture
Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture
"This is a textbook, but don't let that scare you. It is a well-written, thoughtful and engaging overview of Visual Culture, especially in its beautifully revised and updated second edition."
Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to the Interpretation of Visual Materials
Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to the Interpretation of Visual Materials
"Many professors assign this book in their classes, so I include it here. My chief concern with it is the starting point, which assumes students already have wide exposure to poststructural theory. If you don't have that background, there are still rigorous ways of understanding the project of Visual Culture."