Visual Culture: Images and Interpretations / Edition 1

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“We can no longer see, much less teach, transhistorical truths, timeless works of art, and unchanging critical criteria without a highly developed sense of irony about the grand narratives of the past,” declare the editors, who also coedited Visual Theory: Painting and Interpretation (1990). The field of art history is not unique in finding itself challenged and enlarged by cultural debates over issues of class, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and gender. Visual Culture assembles some of the foremost scholars of cultural studies and art history to explore new critical approaches to a history of representation seen as something different from a history of art.

CONTRIBUTORS: Andres Ross, Michael Ann Holly, Mieke Bal, David Summers, Constance Penley, Kaja Silverman, Ernst Van Alphen, Norman Bryson, Wolfgang Kemp, Whitney Davis, Thomas Crow, Keith Moxey, John Tagg, Lisa Tickner.

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"This book succeeds brilliantly on the basis of … solid and thoughtful scholarship." —New Art Examiner
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819562678
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 461
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

NORMAN BRYSON is Professor of Fine Arts at Harvard University and author of Looking at the Overlooked: Four Essays on Still Life Painting (1990).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction; Griselda Pollock—Feminism/Foucault—Surveillance/Sexuality
Lisa Tickner—Men’s Work? Masculinity and Modernism
John Tagg—The Discontinuous City: Picturing and the Discursive Field
Keith Moxey—Hieronymus Bosch and the “World Upside Down”: The Case of The Garden of Earthly Delights
Thomas Crow—Observations on Style and History in French Painting of the Male Nude, 1785-1794
Whitney Davis—The Renunciation of Reaction in Girodet’s Sleep of Endymion
Wolfgang Kemp—The Theater of Revolution: A New Interpretation of Jacques-Louis David’s Tennis Court Oath
Norman Bryson—Géricault and “Masculinity”; Ernst Van Alphen—Strategies of Identification
Kaja Silverman—Fassbinder and Lacan: A Reconsideration of Gaze, Look, and Image
Constance Penley—Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and the Study of Popular Culture
Andres Ross—The Ecology of Images
Michael Ann Holly—Wölfflin and the Imagining of the Baroque
Mieke Bal—Dead Flesh, or the Smell of Painting
David Summers—Form and Gender
List of Contributors

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