Vision and Textuality

Vision and Textuality

by Stephen Melville
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822316447

ISBN-13: 9780822316442

Pub. Date: 07/17/1995

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

The influence of contemporary literary theory on art history is increasingly evident, but there is little or no agreement about the nature and consequences of this intersection of the visual and the textual. Examining both the distinctness and the community of each, this anthology brings together original pieces that address the emergent terms and practices of…  See more details below

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The influence of contemporary literary theory on art history is increasingly evident, but there is little or no agreement about the nature and consequences of this intersection of the visual and the textual. Examining both the distinctness and the community of each, this anthology brings together original pieces that address the emergent terms and practices of contemporary art history. The editors' introduction discusses the relation between vision and textuality within various contexts. Providing a brief history of mimesis, they go on to examine the relevance of aesthetics, the current concern with modernism and postmodernism, and the possible development of new disciplinary formations in the humanities. The essays that follow are grouped around questions about the discipline of art history, the implications of semiotics, the emergence of a new cultural history of art, and the impact of psychoanalysis. Each section is preceded by a short introduction that works both to situate the essays that follow and further open the questions at stake in them. The objects under discussion range from the Danae to Cafe Deutschland, from Vauxhall Gardens to Max Ernst, and from the Imagines of Philostratus to William Godwin's Caleb Williams.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822316442
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/17/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
1General Introduction3
2Basic Concepts. Of Art History31
3Beholding Art History: Vision, Place and Power38
4Past Looking67
5A Discourse (With Shape of Reason Missing)90
6The Aesthetics of Post-History: A German Perspective115
7How Obvious is Art? Kitsch and the Semiotician143
8Reading the Gaze: The Construction of Gender in 'Rembrandt'147
9Philostratus and the Imaginary Museum174
10Topic and Figures of Enunciation: It is Myself that I Paint195
11Armour Fou215
12The Pen and the Eye: The Politics of the Gazing Body251
13Impersonal Violence: The Penetrating Gaze and the Field of Narration in Caleb Williams256
14The Visibility of Visuality: Vauxhall Gardens and the Siting of the Viewer282
15B/G296
16Vision Procured317
17In the Master's Bedroom326
18Photo-unrealism: The Contribution of the Camera to the Crisis of Ocularcentrism344
19Chance Encounters: Flaneur and Detraquee in Breton's Nadja361
Index373

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