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Critical Terms for Art History / Edition 2
     

Critical Terms for Art History / Edition 2

by Robert S. Nelson, Richard Shiff
 

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ISBN-10: 0226571661

ISBN-13: 9780226571669

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

The nature of the visual has, over the past decade, moved to the center of debates in the humanities. No longer simply the study of timeless masterpieces, art history as a discipline is now addressing some of the most basic questions about cultural production, questions such as how images function and how expectations and social factors mediate what we see. The new

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The nature of the visual has, over the past decade, moved to the center of debates in the humanities. No longer simply the study of timeless masterpieces, art history as a discipline is now addressing some of the most basic questions about cultural production, questions such as how images function and how expectations and social factors mediate what we see. The new scope of art history has required a major expansion and reassessment of methods and terminology.

Edited by Robert Nelson and Richard Shiff, Critical Terms for Art History is both an exposition and a demonstration of contested terms from the current art historical vocabulary. In individual essays, scholars examine the history and use of these terms by grounding their discussions in single works of art, reading each work through current debates and methods. This instructive combination of theory and practice allows readers to examine the terms as they are seeing them employed. In its wide representation of contemporary discourse, Critical Terms for Art History is a comprehensive effort to map historical and theoretical debates over the visual environment.

Like its companion, Critical Terms for Literary Study, this book will prove an invaluable resource both for those beginning to learn about the visual theory and for scholars and historians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226571669
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
Second Edition, Second Edition
Pages:
540
Product dimensions:
6.63(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
List of illustrations

At the Place of a Foreword:
Someone Looking, Reading, and Writing/Robert S. Nelson
Operations
Representation/David Summers
Sign/Alex Potts
Simulacrum/Michael Camille
Communications
Word and Image/W. J. T. Mitchell
Narrative/Wolfgang Kemp
Context/Paul Mattick, Jr.
Meaning/Interpretation/Stephen Bann
Histories
Originality/Richard Shiff
Appropriation/Robert S. Nelson
Art History/David Carrier
Modernism/Charles Harrison
Avant-Garde/Ann Gibson
Primitive/Mark Antliff and Patricia Leighten
Social Relations
Ritual/Suzanne Preston Blier
Fetish/William Pietz
Gaze/Margaret Olin
Gender/Whitney Davis
Societies
Modes of Production/Terry Smith
Commodity/Paul Wood
Collecting Museums/Donald Preziosi
Value/Joseph Leo Koerner and Lisbet Koerner
Postmodernism/Postcolonialism/Homi K. Bhabha

Afterword: Figuration/Richard Shiff
References
Contributors
Index

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