Methods & Theories of Art History / Edition 2

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Art historical theory is a forum of intense, often passionate debate. This book provides an accessible introduction to the range of critical theories used in analyzing art. It covers a broad range of approaches, presenting individual arguments, controversies, and divergent perspectives. This second edition has been updated to reflect recent scholarship in contemporary art. Clearly written, this book is ideal for the undergraduate student or anyone interested in the world of ideas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856698993
  • Publisher: King, Laurence Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/19/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 496,560
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne D'Alleva is Associate Professor of Art History and Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Arts of the Pacific Islands and Look!: The Fundamentals of Art History.
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Table of Contents

Introduction How to use this book 1

Chapter 1 Thinking about theory 5

What makes theory "theory"? 5

Is theory pure, universal, and impartial? 7

Positivism, or the theory of anti-theoretical positions 9

Thinking through theory 11

Conclusion 15

Jargon 8

What's the difference between theory and methodology? 13

A place to start 15

Chapter 2 The analysis of form, symbol, and sign 16

Formalism in art history 16

Iconography and iconology 19

Panofsky's iconography and iconology

Iconography and iconology since Panofsky

Practicing iconography and iconology

Semiotics 26

The founding semioticians: Saussure and Peirce

Systems and codes

Interpreting codes and signs

Semiotics and art history

Practicing semiotic art history

The object of art history 40

Word and image 43

Conclusion 44

Are works of art puzzles? Are art historians detectives? 32

Do we "read" works of art? 37

A place to start 45

Chapter 3 Airs contexts 46

The history of ideas 46

Marxist and materialist perspectives on art 48

The critique of capitalism and historical materialism

Ideology and cultural hegemony

Marxism and art

Materialist and Marxist art history

Practicing Marxist art history

Feminisms 59

A brief history of the women's movement

The beginnings of feminist art history

Current issues in feminist art history

Essentialism and feminist art history

Practicing feminist art history

Sexualities, LGBTI Studies, and queer theory 68

LGBTI Studies

Queer theory

Gender performativity, a key queer idea

LGBTI/queer art history

Practicing LGBU/queer art history

Cultural Studies and post-colonial theory 75

Race and post-colonial theory

Subaltern Studies

Globalization and transnationalism

Practicing art history informed by globalization and transnationalism

Art history, Cultural Studies, and Visual Culture Studies

Practicing art history informed by Cultural Studies/post-colonialism

Conclusion 86

So what's normal-or normative? 69

A place to start 87

Chapter 4 Psychology and perception in art 88

Art history and psychoanalysis 88

Basic Freud

Freud on art

Freud's critics

Basic Lacan

Lacan on art

Lacan's critics

Psychoanalysis and contemporary art history

The gaze

Reception theory I: the psychology of art 106

Reception theory II: reader-response theory and the aesthetics of reception 110

Practicing reception theory/psychoanalytic art history Conclusion 117

Jungian archetypes 93

Object relations theory and the nature of creativity 95

The anxiety of influence 107

A place to start 117

Chapter 5 Taking a stance toward knowledge 118

Hermeneutics us

The hermeneutic trio

The hermeneutic circle

Hermeneutics and art history

Practicing hermeneutic art history

Structuralism and post-structuralism 126

Culture as structure

Binary oppositions

Intertextuality and the death of the author


Foucault's history: knowledge is power

Structuralism, post-structuralism, and art history

Practicing structuralist and post-structuralist art history

Deconstruction 137

Art history and deconstruction

Practicing deconstructive art history

Postmodernism as condition and practice 142

Defining modernism(s)

Adding the "post" to modernism

Challenging master narratives

Fragmentation, pastiche, and the simulacrum

Modernism, postmodernism, and art history

Practicing postmodernist art history

Conclusion 150

A place to start 151

Chapter 6 writing with theory 152

The kind of paper you're probably writing now 152

Learning how to write with theory 156

The place of theory in research 157

Which comes first?

How do you know which theory (or theories) to use?

Writing the paper 161

Crafting a theoretically driven argument

Integrating theory

Supporting your points/providing evidence

Creativity, imagination, and truth 164

A place to start 165

Notes 167

Acknowledgments 179

Index 181

Photo credits 186

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