This compilation of essays by 20 scholars trained in comparative literatures, art history, critical theory, and American cultural studies further explores and expands the spirited and energetic field of visual cultural studies and its cognate or supplemental projects of visual practices and visual literacy. Their topics and perspectives engage contemporary re-theorizations of text, of word and image, while their alignments, ruptures, slippages and aporias fall across a range of media practices and institutions. These include photography and exhibition, film, television, entertainment, journalism, poetry and literature as visual and spectacular performances, and graphic narratives, but also their discursive intersections with race and ethnicity, their conjugations of gender, their tense and constitutive relations within multiple public spheres and (post)modernities.
About the Author: John R. Leo is Professor of English and former Director of Film Media Program at the University of Rhode Island at Kingston, USA. Marek Paryz is Associate Professor and Chair of the Section of American Literature in the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland.