|On the Sleeve of the Visual
Race as Face Value
Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture
2013 • 240 pp. 40 illus. 6 x 9"
Film, TV, Visual Culture / African-American Studies / Media Studies
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An investigation of race and the ontology of the visual
In this landmark work of critical theory, black studies, and visual culture studies, Alessandra Raengo boldly reads race as a theory of the image. By placing emphasis on the surface of the visual as the repository of its meaning, race presents the most enduring ontological approach to what images are, how they feel, and what they mean. Having established her theoretical concerns, the author’s eclectic readings of various artifacts of visual culture, fine arts, cinema, and rhetorical tropes provoke and destabilize readers’ visual comfort zone, forcing them to recognize the unstated racial aspects of viewing and the foundational role of race in informing the visual.