Visual Sense: A Cultural Reader

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Vision is more than looking or seeing. It is integral to all human action. Visual Sense presents a series of readings which offer a range of alternatives to conventional psychological and social scientific approaches to the study of the ocular. The book highlights the multitude of ways in which vision is linked to the other senses by virtue of being embedded in complex cultural processes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845207410
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Series: Sensory Formations Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Edwards is Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London. Kaushik Bhaumik is Vice President of Osian's-Connoisseurs of Art, a leading cultural institution dedicated to building an infrastructure for the arts in India.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Acknowledgements xi

Quote: Merleau-Ponty xiii

Part 1 Introduction

1.1 Visual Sense and Cultures of Sight: An Introduction 3

Part 2 Labyrinth

2.1 Section Introduction 17

2.2 'The Intertwining-the Chiasm' Maurice Merleau-Ponty 23

2.3 'Labyrinthine Complexities: The Ottoman Harem as Seen by Western Orientalists' Alain Grosrichard 27

2.4 'The Blind in the Early Christian World' Mosche Barasch 43

2.5 'Seeing and Feeling in the Middle Ages' Suzannah Biernoff 51

2.6 'The Light of Wangarr' Howard Morphy 59

2.7 'Corpore Obscuro: Meditation on the Dead in Thailand' Alan Klima 63

2.8 'The Imaginary Body: The Grotesque' Susan Stewart 69

2.9 'Lifting the Veil: Shared Cultural Values of Control' Patrice Caldwell 77

2.10 'Jacqueline Onassis and the Look-Alike' Jane Gaines 85

Part 3 Orderings

3.1 Section Introduction 101

3.2 'Attention and the Values of Nature in the Enlightenment' Lorraine Daston 107

3.3 'Scientific Seeing: Commodities, Curiosities, and Anthropological Objects' Andrew Zimmerman 115

3.4 'Science, Sight and the Ordering of Colonial Societies' Fernando Feliu 121

3.5 'Gossip and the Creation of Cinematic Space' Rachel Dwyer 133

3.6 'The Films of Fritz Lang' Tom Gunning 137

3.7 'Viewer's View: Looking at Pictures' Gulam Mohammed Sheikh 145

3.8 'An Andean Cosmology' Constance Classen 155

3.9 'Witness of History: Student Photography and reformasi Politics in Indonesia' Karen Strassler 163

3.10 'The Naming of a Heroine' Norma Field 171

Part 4 Creating

4.1 Section Introduction 177

4.2 'Photography, Elegance and the Aesthetics of Citizenship' Liam Buckley 183

4.3 'Akira, Postmodernismand Resistance' Isolde Standish 193

4.4 'Patriotism and Nationalism: The Face of Consensus: Mid-Twentieth Century and the Image of Jesus' David Morgan 207

4.5 'The Illumination of Christ in the Kalahari Desert' Paul Landau 215

4.6 'Quetzalcoatl's Mirror' Lois Parkinson Zamora 229

4.7 'Photographs, Orality and History' Elizabeth Edwards 241

4.8 'Sound Film-Worthy of the Name' Michel Chion 249

4.9 'Cinema and History: Jean-Luc Godard in Conversation with Youssef Ishaghpour' Jean-Luc Godard 255

4.10 'Madonna's Revenge' Annalee Newitz 263

4.11 'A Fascist Theme Park' Marla S. Stone 271

Part 5 Ruptures

5.1 Section Introduction 281

5.2 'The Railway Journey: Panoramic Travel' Wolfgang Schivelbusch 287

5.3 'The Secrets of Gas' Lynda Nead 297

5.4 'Supermodernity: From Places to Non-Places' Marc Auge 305

5.5 'Camille Pissarro: The Unassuming Eye' Linda Nochlin 311

5.6 'The Wicked Queen: Marie-Antoinette' Chantal Thomas 321

5.7 'Between Cult and Culture: Bamiyan, Islamic Iconoclasm and the Museum' Finbarr Barry Flood 331

5.8 'The Creation of a Tibetan Modernist: The Painting of Gonkar Gyantso' Clare Harris 351

5.9 'Extraordinary Vision and the Two Sides of Cloth' Elisha P. Renne 359

5.10 'The Spiritual History of Ice' Eric G. Wilson 365

Part 6 Extensions

6.1 Section Introduction 371

6.2 'The Eye of the Storm: Visual Perception and the Weather' Tim Ingold 377

6.3 'Basinjom and the Witches' Robert Faris Thompson 387

6.4 'The Cultural Reception of Early Cinema in Russia' Yuri Tsivian 393

6.5 'Haptic Cinema' Laura U. Marks 399

6.6 'Chris Marker: Memories of the Future' Catherine Lupton 409

6.7 'What Do Pictures Want Now: Rural Consumers of Images in India' Christopher Pinney 417

6.8 'Surgical Vision and Digital Culture' Jan Eric Olsen 427

6.9 'In the Service of Ben Comun: Visions of Good and Bad Government in Siena' Timothy Hyman 433

6.10 'Intimate Immensity' Gaston Bachelard 441

Final Quote 447

Suggested Readings 449

Contributors 455

Copyright Acknowledgements 458

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