Differencing the Canon: Feminism and the Writing of Art's Histories

Differencing the Canon: Feminism and the Writing of Art's Histories

by Griselda Pollock
     
 

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In this major book, Griselda Pollock engages boldly in the culture wars over 'what is the canon?' and 'what difference can feminism make?' Do we simply reject the all-male line-up and satisfy our need for ideal egos with an all women litany of artistic heroines? Or is the question a chance to resist the phallocentric binary and allow the ambiguities and complexities

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In this major book, Griselda Pollock engages boldly in the culture wars over 'what is the canon?' and 'what difference can feminism make?' Do we simply reject the all-male line-up and satisfy our need for ideal egos with an all women litany of artistic heroines? Or is the question a chance to resist the phallocentric binary and allow the ambiguities and complexities of desire - subjectivity and sexuality - to shape the readings of art that constantly displace the present gender demarcations?

Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Millard
The flow of the book is wondrous, as Pollock builds each new idea onto the next, rounded out with rigorous research. The writing suffers slightly from an overabundance of academic jargon, especially when the description of individual artworks involves a scholarly definition of 'desire' and 'the other.' Despite this, Pollock reaches and even surpasses her goal, articulated in her introduction, to open new discussions about art and feminism.
ForeWord Magazine
Booknews
Enters into a major debate at the center of feminist art history, and asks whether the traditional canon of the Old Masters should be rejected, replaced, or reformed. Discussion moves between feminist re- readings of the canonical modern masters, including Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Manet, and the "canonical" artists of feminist art history, Artemisia Gentileschi and Mary Cassatt, drawing on psychoanalysis and deconstruction to examine the project of reading for "inscriptions in the feminine." Acknowledges differences between women shaped by racist and colonial hierarchies, and explores questions of sexuality and cultural difference in modernist representations of black women. Includes b&w illustrations and photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781135084479
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
61 MB
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