Vision and Textuality

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 92%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (16) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $16.91   
  • Used (15) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

1995-07-17 Paperback New BRAND NEW COPY, Perfect Shape,

Ships from: La Grange, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Melville and Readings have done a superb job, not only in their choice of essays, but in their elaborate and highly ambitious introduction. It is the best assessment that I know of the current state of contemporary art history and criticism, the most subtle analysis of the theoretical alternatives open to contemporary and future work in these disciplines.”—Keith Moxey, Barnard College and Columbia University
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822316442
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Melville is Associate Professor of History of Art at Ohio State University.

Bill Readings was Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Montréal at the time of his death in 1994.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
1 General Introduction 3
2 Basic Concepts. Of Art History 31
3 Beholding Art History: Vision, Place and Power 38
4 Past Looking 67
5 A Discourse (With Shape of Reason Missing) 90
6 The Aesthetics of Post-History: A German Perspective 115
7 How Obvious is Art? Kitsch and the Semiotician 143
8 Reading the Gaze: The Construction of Gender in 'Rembrandt' 147
9 Philostratus and the Imaginary Museum 174
10 Topic and Figures of Enunciation: It is Myself that I Paint 195
11 Armour Fou 215
12 The Pen and the Eye: The Politics of the Gazing Body 251
13 Impersonal Violence: The Penetrating Gaze and the Field of Narration in Caleb Williams 256
14 The Visibility of Visuality: Vauxhall Gardens and the Siting of the Viewer 282
15 B/G 296
16 Vision Procured 317
17 In the Master's Bedroom 326
18 Photo-unrealism: The Contribution of the Camera to the Crisis of Ocularcentrism 344
19 Chance Encounters: Flaneur and Detraquee in Breton's Nadja 361
Index 373
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)