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The Practice of Persuasion: Politics and Paradox in Art History / Edition 1
     

The Practice of Persuasion: Politics and Paradox in Art History / Edition 1

by Keith P.F. Moxey
 

ISBN-10: 0801486750

ISBN-13: 9780801486753

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: Cornell University Press

This sequel to The Practice of Theory stresses the continued need for self-reflective awareness in art historical writing. Offering a series of meditations on the discipline of art history in the context of contemporary critical theory, Moxey addresses such central issues as the status of the canon, the nature of aesthetic value, and the character of historical

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This sequel to The Practice of Theory stresses the continued need for self-reflective awareness in art historical writing. Offering a series of meditations on the discipline of art history in the context of contemporary critical theory, Moxey addresses such central issues as the status of the canon, the nature of aesthetic value, and the character of historical knowledge. The chapters are linked by a common interest in, even fascination with, the paradoxical power of narrative and the identity of the authorial voice. Moxey maintains that art history is a rhetoric of persuasion rather than a discourse of truth. Each chapter in The Practice of Persuasion attempts to demonstrate the paradoxes inherent in a genre that—while committed to representing the past—must inevitably bear the imprint of the present. In Moxey's view, art history as a discipline is often unable to recognize its status as a regime of truth that produces historically determined meanings and so continues to act as if based on a universal aesthetic foundation. His new book should enable art historians to engage with the past in a manner less determined by tradition and more responsive to contemporary values and aspirations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801486753
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.20(d)

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