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Reading in Detail: Aesthetics and the Feminine / Edition 1

Reading in Detail: Aesthetics and the Feminine / Edition 1

by Naomi Schor, Ellen RooneyNaomi Schor
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Who cares about details? As Naomi Schor explains in her highly influential book, we do-but it has not always been so. The interest in detail--in art, in literature, and as an aesthetic category--is the product of the decline of classicism and the rise of realism.

But the story of the detail is as political as it is aesthetic. Secularization, the disciplining of society, the rise of consumerism, the invention of the quotidian, have all brought detail to the fore. In this classic work of aesthetic and feminist theory, now available in a new paperback edition, Schor provides ways of thinking about details and ornament in literature, art, and architecture, and uncovering the unspoken but powerful ideologies that attached gender to details.

Wide-ranging and richly argued, Reading in Detail presents ideas about reading (and viewing) that will enhance the study of literature and the arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415979450
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Naomi Schor (1943-2001) was the Benjamin F. Barge Professor of French at Yale University. A noted scholar of French literature and critical theory, her other books include Zola's Crowds, Breaking the Chain: Women, Theory, and French Realist Fiction, George Sand and Idealism and Bad Objects: Essays Popular and Unpopular.

Table of Contents

Note on Permissions List of Figures Foreword, Ellen Rooney Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1: Archaeology 1. Gender: In the Academy 2. Sublimation: Hegel’s Aesthetics 3. Decadence: Wey, Loos, Lukács 4. Displacement: The Case of Sigmund Freud 5. Desublimation: Roland Barthes’s Aesthetics Part 2: Readings 6. Dali’s Freud 7. The Delusion of Interpretation: The Conquest of Plassans 8. Fiction as Interpretation/Interpretation as Fiction 9. Duane Hanson: Truth in Sculpture 10. Details and Realism: The Curé de Tours Notes Bibliography Index

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