The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling

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David Morgan builds on his previous groundbreaking work to offer this new, systematically integrated theory of the study of religion as visual culture. Providing key tools for scholars across disciplines studying the materiality of religions, Morgan gives an accessibly written theoretical overview including case studies of the ways seeing is related to touching, hearing, feeling, and such ephemeral experiences as dreams, imagination, and visions. The case studies explore both the high and low of religious visual ...

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Overview

David Morgan builds on his previous groundbreaking work to offer this new, systematically integrated theory of the study of religion as visual culture. Providing key tools for scholars across disciplines studying the materiality of religions, Morgan gives an accessibly written theoretical overview including case studies of the ways seeing is related to touching, hearing, feeling, and such ephemeral experiences as dreams, imagination, and visions. The case studies explore both the high and low of religious visual culture: Catholic traditions of the erotic Sacred Heart of Jesus, the unrecognizability of the Virgin in the Fatima apparitions, the prehistory of Warner Sallman's face of Jesus, and more. Basing the study of religious images and visual practices in the relationship between seeing and the senses, Morgan argues against reductionist models of "the gaze," demonstrating that vision is not something that occurs in abstraction, but is a fundamental way of embodying the human self.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

“This rewarding book will provoke thought and re-vision. . . . Highly recommended.”
Journal Of Religion In Europe - Monique Scheer

“Excellent analysis of the social dynamics of the visual field.”
Religious Studies Review - Jeremy W. H. Arnold

“Morgan’s clever and penetrating academic analysis of case studies provides his text with profundity and interest.”
Image

“A first-rate work of scholarship. . . . Anyone piqued by these subjects will find David Morgan’s pioneering vision deeply satisfying.”
American Anthropologist

"With the publication of The Embodied Eye, Morgan has given us a very important book that deserves a wide readership."
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"This rewarding book will provoke thought and re-vision. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice

"Excellent analysis of the social dynamics of the visual field."--Journal of Religion In Europe

"Morgan's clever and penetrating academic analysis of case studies provides his text with profundity and interest."--Religious Studies Review

"A first-rate work of scholarship. . . . Anyone piqued by these subjects will find David Morgan's pioneering vision deeply satisfying."--Image

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520272224
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


David Morgan is Professor of Religion at Duke University. He is the author of several books, including The Sacred Gaze: Religious Visual Culture in Theory and Practice and Visual Piety (both from UC Press).
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments

Part One. Culture’s Two Bodies
1. Vision and Embodiment
2. The Body in Question
3. Ways of Seeing
4. Icon and Interface

Part Two. The Senses of Belief
5. The Matter of the Heart: Touching and Seeing
6. The Look of Sympathy: Feeling and Seeing
7. The Enchantment of Media: Hearing and Seeing
8. At the Cusp of Invisibility: Visions, Dreams, and Images

Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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