Reading in Detail: Aesthetics and the Feminine [NOOK Book]

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Who cares about details? As Naomi Schor explains in her highly influential book, we do-but it has not always been so. The interest in detail-in art, in literature, and as an aesthetic category-is the product of the decline of classicism and the rise of realism. But the story of the detail is as political as it is aesthetic. Secularization, the disciplining of society, the rise of consumerism, the invention of the quotidian, have all brought detail to the fore. Schor provides ways of thinking about details and ...
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Reading in Detail: Aesthetics and the Feminine

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Overview

Who cares about details? As Naomi Schor explains in her highly influential book, we do-but it has not always been so. The interest in detail-in art, in literature, and as an aesthetic category-is the product of the decline of classicism and the rise of realism. But the story of the detail is as political as it is aesthetic. Secularization, the disciplining of society, the rise of consumerism, the invention of the quotidian, have all brought detail to the fore. Schor provides ways of thinking about details and ornament in literature, art, and architecture, and uncovering the unspoken but powerful ideologies that attached gender to details. A new foreword by Ellen Rodney, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Feminist Literary Theory, introduces new readers to this classic work of aesthetic and feminist theory. Wide-ranging and richly argued, Reading in Detail presents ideas about reading and viewing that will enhance the study of literature and the arts.

About the Author:
Naomi Schor was the Benjamin F. Barge Professor of French at Yale University

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Woman of Power
A major statement of feminist aesthetics that will change our sense of what and how details mean.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135863463
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Naomi Schor (1943-2001) was the Benjamin F. Barge Professor of French at Yale University. A noted scholar of French literature and critical theory, her other books include Zola's Crowds, Breaking the Chain: Women, Theory, and French Realist Fiction, George Sand and Idealism and Bad Objects: Essays Popular and Unpopular.

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Table of Contents


Note on Permissions     vii
List of Figures     xi
Foreword     xiii
Acknowledgments     xxxvii
Introduction     xli
Archaeology
Gender: In the Academy     3
Sublimation: Hegel's Aesthetics     19
Decadence: Wey, Loos, Lukacs     45
Displacement: The Case of Sigmund Freud     75
Desublimation: Roland Barthes's Aesthetics     93
Readings
Dali's Freud     121
The Delusion of Interpretation: The Conquest of Plassans     133
Fiction as Interpretation/Interpretation as Fiction     147
Duane Hanson: Truth in Sculpture     161
Details and Realism: The Cure de Tours     175
Notes     185
Bibliography     213
Index     225
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