Critical Terms for Art History / Edition 2

Critical Terms for Art History / Edition 2

by Robert S. Nelson
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226571683
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
Critical Terms Series
Edition description:
Second Edition, Second Edition
Pages:
540
Sales rank:
625,711
Product dimensions:
6.63(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Robert S. Nelson is a Distinguished Service Professor of Art History and History of Culture at the University of Chicago. Lately he has edited Visuality before and beyond the Renaissance: Seeing as Others Saw and is currently working on a book about the modern lives of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

Richard Shiff is the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art and director of the Center for the Study of Modernism at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Cézanne and the End of Impressionism: A Study of the Theory, Technique, and Critical Evaluation of Modern Art.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Mediation
At the Place of a Foreword: Someone Looking, Reading, and Writing
1Representation3
2Sign20
3Simulacrum35
4Word and Image51
5Narrative62
6Performance75
7Style98
8Context110
9Meaning/Interpretation128
10Originality145
11Appropriation160
12Art History174
13Modernism188
14Avant-Garde202
15Primitive217
16Memory/Monument234
17Body251
18Beauty267
19Ugliness281
20Ritual296
21Fetish306
22Gaze318
23Gender330
24Identity345
25Production361
26Commodity382
27Collecting/Museums407
28Value419
29Postmodernism/Postcolonialism435
30Visual Culture/Visual Studies452
31Social History of Art465
Afterword: Figuration479
List of Contributors487
Index492

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