Staring: How We Look

Staring: How We Look

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by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
     
 

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Drawing on examples from art, media, fashion, history and memoir, cultural critic Rosemarie Garland-Thomson tackles a basic human interaction which has remained curiously unexplored, the human stare. In the first book of its kind, Garland-Thomson defines staring, explores the factors that motivate it, and considers the targets and the effects of the stare. While

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Drawing on examples from art, media, fashion, history and memoir, cultural critic Rosemarie Garland-Thomson tackles a basic human interaction which has remained curiously unexplored, the human stare. In the first book of its kind, Garland-Thomson defines staring, explores the factors that motivate it, and considers the targets and the effects of the stare. While borrowing from psychology and biology to help explain why the impulse to stare is so powerful, she also enlarges and complicates these formulations with examples from the realm of imaginative culture. Featuring over forty illustrations, Staring captures the stimulating combination of symbolic, material and emotional factors that make staring so irresistible while endeavoring to shift the usual response to staring, shame, into an engaged self-consideration. Elegant and provocative, this unique study advances new ways of thinking about visuality and the body that will appeal to readers who are interested in the overlap between the humanities and human behaviors.

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"A trailhead that offers branches back into the many fields of study from which this book draws. It also suggests connections with new ones...[An] important, challenging, and often brilliant book." —American Literary History

"So much effort is put into trying to stop staring: mothers scold children, doctors try to 'fix' bodies marked 'abnormal.' But enough of that. Garland-Thomson takes staring as the inevitability it is, and, with compelling stories and beautiful insight, tells us where we could go from here-intellectually, socially, artistically, humanely. -Alice Dreger, Professor of Clinical Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Northwestern University

"'So I stared at him . . . I felt really ill-at-ease . . . .' Rosemarie Garland-Thomson's book explains that universal feeling in ways that are comprehensible to every one of us who has felt this discomfort at one time or another. Staring is a vital book for our understanding of disability and its impact on each of us. It is a bold and path-breaking book that should be on the reading list of everyone in education, public affairs, and social policy."-Sander L. Gilman, author of Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Aesthetic Surgery

"Staring: How We Look delivers on its promise to provide a comprehensive "anatomy of staring"...Staring excels at offering a sustained analysis of how different bodies generate stares while those same bodies can transform understandings of variance." —Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199886814
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/17/2009
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is Professor in the Department of Women's Studies at Emory University. She was named one of 2009's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" by UTNE Reader, and is co-editor of Re-Presenting Disability: Activism and Agency in the Museum (2010, Routledge).

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RGT is well-known in disability studies, but this very large and somewhat over-wrought book drains you and is a very basic book that surprisingly offers little in the way of new theories on visualizing disability. In fact, dis/ability is not the primary subject of the book (though it is an essential underpinning). Rather, this is a history of staring and visuality, which is at times interesting, but leaves me wanting more in terms of disability theory. Furthermore, she every so often speaks of cognitive and psychological disability, but does not delve deeply into how these can also be understood in terms of sight despite their general illegibility. Despite this, I will say that this is an accessible text in terms of language and ideas, and it offers some chapters that would be very good for teaching.
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