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Routledge publishes quality textbooks in a variety of disciplines and course subjects. We are committed to providing course materials to instructors and students that are both engaging and innovative. You can learn more about our textbooks by viewing our featured selections below in Art & Visual Culture. You can also browse textbooks in all subjects or check out our companion websites.

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  1. Learning to Look at Sculpture

    By Mary Acton

    Learning to Look at Sculpture is an accessible guide to the study and understanding of three dimensional art. Sculpture is all around us: in public parks, squares, gardens and railroad stations, as part of the architecture of buildings, or when used in commemoration and memorials and can even be considered in relation to furniture and industrial design. This book encourages you to consider the multiple forms and everyday guises sculpture can take.

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  2. History of Art

    A Student's Handbook, 5th Edition

    By Marcia Pointon 

    This fully revised edition of the History of Art: A Student's Handbook introduces students to the kinds of practices, challenges, questions and writings they will encounter in studying the history of art.

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  3. Inside Magazine Publishing Cover

    Featured Authors - David Stam & Andrew Scott

    An interview with co-editors David Stam and Andrew Scott, celebrating the launch of Inside Magazine Publishing.

    We caught up with David and Andrew to delve inside the magazine publishing industry and to find out a few facts about them…

  4. Image Studies

    Theory and Practice

    By Sunil Manghani

    'Image Studies provides a clear and challenging account of the crucial issues relating to the study of images. The book brings together approaches from a range of related fields, from art history, sociology, media studies and communications, and uses a variety of examples and practical tasks in what adds up to an invaluable teaching and study tool for students and academics alike.' - Richard Rushton, Lancaster University, UK

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  5. An Introduction to Design and Culture

    1900 to the Present, 3rd Edition

    By Penny Sparke

    This third edition of An Introduction to Design and Culture has been revised and updated throughout to include issues of globalization, sustainability and digital/interactive design.

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  6. Fifty Key Writers on Photography

    Edited by Mark Durden

    Series: Routledge Key Guides

    Fifty Key Writers on Photography is a clear and concise survey of some of the most significant writers on photography who have played a major part in defining and influencing our understanding of the medium.

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  7. Visual Communication on the Web

    By xtine burrough and Paul Martin Lester

    Most web design books developed for the trade market are a series of exercises without a theoretical, aesthetic, or historic framework. In this book, Visual Communication on the Web, web design exercises are accompanied by concise introductions. 

    Includes a free one-year subscription to the Interactive e-Text version.


  8. New Textbook: Visual Sociology By Douglas Harper

    Visual sociology has been part of the sociological vocabulary since the 1970s, but until now there has not been a comprehensive text that introduces this area. Written by one of the founding fathers in the field, Visual Sociology explores how the world that is seen, photographed, drawn, or otherwise represented visually is different from the world that is represented through words and numbers.

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  9. The Fashion History Reader

    The Fashion History Reader is an innovative work that provides a broad introduction to the complex literature in the fields of fashion studies, and dress and fashion history. It identifies the history of fashion as a meeting point between the long-standing historical investigation of ‘dress’ and ‘costume’ and is a comprehensive resource for those who wish to further their engagement with fashion as a contemporary phenomenon.

  10. Photography: Theoretical Snapshots

    Photography: Theoretical Snapshots offers exciting perspectives on photography theory today from some of the world’s leading critics and theorists. It introduces new means of looking at photographs, and addresses the question of photography history, revisiting the work of some of the most influential theorists such as Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, and the October group.

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