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On the Sleeve of the Visual

Race as Face Value

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.

240 pages | 6 x 9

Film Studies


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments • Introduction • The Photochemical Imagination • On the Sleeve of the Visual • The Money of the Real • The Long Photographic Century • Conclusion: In the Shadow • Notes • Bibliography • Index

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