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American icons : the genesis of a national visual language

Author: Benedikt Feldges
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2008.
Series: Routledge research in cultural and media studies, 13.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Dismantling the aura of apparently timeless icons and spectacles with their seductive power to attract the eye, this book offers ways of seeing the mechanisms at work in a modern pictorial culture.  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Benedikt Feldges
ISBN: 9780415956352 0415956358 9780203937846 0203937848 0415875501 9780415875509
OCLC Number: 136780685
Description: vii, 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: PART A: Icons in the museum. Collecting pictures --
Collecting language --
--
PART B: Kaleidoscopic spectacles. Pictorial historiography --
The insignia of the spectacle --
Pictorial genres --
The narrative of the news spectacle --
Iconic lecterns --
The historicity of the documentary's imagery --
--
PART C: Hyperrealism. Pictorial supremacy --
The icon of Joe Friday: the moral in the Dragnet --
The icon of Lucy: queen of television comedy --
The icon of Edward R. Murrow: master of "the control room of studio 41" --
Walter Cronkite: court reporter of the spectacle --
Muhammad Ali: champion of the screen --
Premodernism.
Series Title: Routledge research in cultural and media studies, 13.
Responsibility: Benedikt Feldges.
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"Feldges argues that historians must abandon the idea that pictures can be used to construct a history of what they seem to depict, embracing instead a study of visual "etymology" - that is, tracing Read more...

 
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