Imaging Identity

Text, Mediality and Contemporary Visual Culture

Editors: Riquet, Johannes, Heusser, Martin (Eds.)

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  • Offers a multidisciplinary approach to visual culture and identity 
  • Responds to contemporary image culture in new media contexts 
  • Combines textual and cultural analysis with recent image theories 
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This volume explores the many facets and ongoing transformations of our visual identities in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Its chapters engage with the constitution of personal, national and cultural identities at the intersection of the verbal and the visual across a range of media. They are attentive to how the medialities and (im)materialities of modern image culture inflect our conceptions of identity, examining the cultural and political force of literature, films, online video messages, rap songs, selfies, digital algorithms, social media, computer-generated images, photojournalism and branding, among others. They also reflect on the image theories that emerged in the same time span—from early theorists such as Charles S. Peirce to twentieth-century models like those proposed by Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida as well as more recent theories by Jacques Rancière, W. J. T. Mitchell and others. The contributors of Imaging Identity come from a wide range of disciplines including literary studies, media studies, art history, tourism studies and semiotics. The book will appeal to an interdisciplinary readership interested in contemporary visual culture and image theory. 

About the authors

Johannes Riquet is Associate Professor of English Literature at Tampere University, Finland. He is the author of The Aesthetics of Island Space: Perception, Ideology, Geopoetics (2019) and the co-editor of Spatial Modernities: Geography, Narrative, Imaginaries (2018). He is currently working on railway fiction in different media and contemporary representations of the transnational Arctic. 
Martin Heusser is Emeritus Professor at the English Department of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests include word and image studies, American studies and literary theory. At present, he is working on representations of the Vietnam War in graphic novels and the role of spatiality in the writings of Thomas Hardy.

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“A provocative book that is frequently as delightful as insightful. Its ambitious scope—ranging from the selfie and hip-hop celebrity culture to Vietnam War photography and image/text relationships—and its deep engagement with theory and cultures will make this an exciting book for scholars across disciplines.” (George Micajah Phillips, Assistant Professor of English at Franklin College, USA)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Identity and Modern Visual Culture: Textual Perspectives

    Pages 1-31

    Riquet, Johannes (et al.)

  • From the “Belfie” to the Death-of-Me: The Affective Archive of the Self/ie

    Pages 35-59

    Kavka, Misha

  • Calculating Lives? Memory, Archive and Identity in a Digital Era

    Pages 61-81

    Pötzsch, Holger

  • Modelling Vision: A Semeiotic Approach to Algorithmic Images

    Pages 83-102

    Schneider, Stephanie

  • Ideal Identities and Impossible Translations: Drawing on Writing and Writing on Drawing

    Pages 105-122

    Reifenstein, Tilo

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imaging Identity
Book Subtitle
Text, Mediality and Contemporary Visual Culture
Editors
  • Johannes Riquet
  • Martin Heusser
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21774-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21774-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21773-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 333
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
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