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Author Stafford, Barbara Maria, 1941-

Title Good looking : essays on the virtue of images / Barbara Maria Stafford.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : The MIT Press, [1996]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  302.23 STAF    DUE 16-08-19
 UniM Southbank  302.23 Sta    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [214]-245) and index.
Contents Introduction: Visual Pragmatism for a Virtual World -- 1. The Visualization of Knowledge from the Enlightenment to Postmodernism -- 2. Display and the Rhetoric of Corruption -- 3. The Eighteenth Century at the End of Modernity -- 4. The New Imagist -- 5. Making Images Real -- 6. Desperately Seeking Connections: Linking the Internet to Eighteenth-Century Laboratory Life -- 7. The Natural History of Design: Humbert de Superville and Postmodern Theory -- 8. An Image of One's Own -- 9. Medical Ethics as Postmodern Aesthetics -- 10. Picturing Ambiguity -- 11. Difficult Content, or the Pleasures of Viewing Pain -- Conclusion: Analogy in an Age of Difference.
Summary These twelve essays meditate on the stunning implications of a global shift toward vision and visionary modalities. Apparatus changes, but the basic questions endure. Machine dreams flowing from laser disks, video tapes, CD-ROMs, and magnetic disks are transforming educational, medical, and legal institutions as well as on-line society at large.
Subject Visual communication.
ISBN 0262193698 (alk. paper)