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The nature of the visual has, over the past decade, moved to the center of debates in the humanities. No longer simply the study of timeless masterpieces, art history as a discipline is now addressing some of the most basic questions about cultural production, questions such as how images function and how expectations and social factors mediate what we see. The new scope of art history has required a major expansion and reassessment of methods and terminology.

Edited by Robert Nelson and Richard Shiff, Critical Terms for Art History is both an exposition and a demonstration of contested terms from the current art historical vocabulary. In individual essays, scholars examine the history and use of these terms by grounding their discussions in single works of art, reading each work through current debates and methods. This instructive combination of theory and practice allows readers to examine the terms as they are seeing them employed. In its wide representation of contemporary discourse, Critical Terms for Art History is a comprehensive effort to map historical and theoretical debates over the visual environment.

Like its companion, Critical Terms for Literary Study, this book will prove an invaluable resource both for those beginning to learn about the visual theory and for scholars and historians.

Synopsis:

The nature of the visual has, over the past decade, moved to the center of debates in the humanities. No longer simply the study of timeless masterpieces, art history as a discipline is now addressing some of the most basic questions about cultural production, questions such as how images function and how expectations and social factors mediate what we see. The new scope of art history has required a major expansion and reassessment of methods and terminology.

Edited by Robert Nelson and Richard Shiff, Critical Terms for Art History is both an exposition and a demonstration of contested terms from the current art historical vocabulary. In individual essays, scholars examine the history and use of these terms by grounding their discussions in single works of art, reading each work through current debates and methods. This instructive combination of theory and practice allows readers to examine the terms as they are seeing them employed. In its wide representation of contemporary discourse, Critical Terms for Art History is a comprehensive effort to map historical and theoretical debates over the visual environment.

Like its companion, Critical Terms for Literary Study, this book will prove an invaluable resource both for those beginning to learn about the visual theory and for scholars and historians.

Synopsis:

ContentsList of illustrationsAt the Place of a Foreword: Someone Looking, Reading, and Writing/Robert S. NelsonOperationsRepresentation/David SummersSign/Alex PottsSimulacrum/Michael CamilleCommunicationsWord and Image/W. J. T. MitchellNarrative/Wolfgang KempContext/Paul Mattick, Jr.Meaning/Interpretation/Stephen BannHistoriesOriginality/Richard ShiffAppropriation/Robert S. NelsonArt History/David CarrierModernism/Charles HarrisonAvant-Garde/Ann GibsonPrimitive/Mark Antliff and Patricia LeightenSocial RelationsRitual/Suzanne Preston BlierFetish/William PietzGaze/Margaret OlinGender/Whitney DavisSocietiesModes of Production/Terry SmithCommodity/Paul WoodCollecting Museums/Donald PreziosiValue/Joseph Leo Koerner and Lisbet KoernerPostmodernism/Postcolonialism/Homi K. BhabhaAfterword: Figuration/Richard Shiff ReferencesContributorsIndex

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-347) and index.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of illustrations

At the Place of a Foreword:

Someone Looking, Reading, and Writing/Robert S. Nelson

Operations

Representation/David Summers

Sign/Alex Potts

Simulacrum/Michael Camille

Communications

Word and Image/W. J. T. Mitchell

Narrative/Wolfgang Kemp

Context/Paul Mattick, Jr.

Meaning/Interpretation/Stephen Bann

Histories

Originality/Richard Shiff

Appropriation/Robert S. Nelson

Art History/David Carrier

Modernism/Charles Harrison

Avant-Garde/Ann Gibson

Primitive/Mark Antliff and Patricia Leighten

Social Relations

Ritual/Suzanne Preston Blier

Fetish/William Pietz

Gaze/Margaret Olin

Gender/Whitney Davis

Societies

Modes of Production/Terry Smith

Commodity/Paul Wood

Collecting Museums/Donald Preziosi

Value/Joseph Leo Koerner and Lisbet Koerner

Postmodernism/Postcolonialism/Homi K. Bhabha

Afterword: Figuration/Richard Shiff

References

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226571652
Editor:
Nelson, Robert S.; Shiff, Richard
Editor:
Shiff, Richard
Editor:
Nelson, Robert S.
Editor:
Shiff, Richard
Editor:
Nelson, Robert S.; Shiff, Richard
Author:
Shiff, Richard
Author:
Nelson, Robert S.
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Art, modern
Subject:
English language -- Terms and phrases.
Subject:
Art -- Historiography -- Terminology.
Subject:
History : General
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19961001
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 halftones, 3 line drawings
Pages:
380
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
The nature of the visual has, over the past decade, moved to the center of debates in the humanities. No longer simply the study of timeless masterpieces, art history as a discipline is now addressing some of the most basic questions about cultural production, questions such as how images function and how expectations and social factors mediate what we see. The new scope of art history has required a major expansion and reassessment of methods and terminology.

Edited by Robert Nelson and Richard Shiff, Critical Terms for Art History is both an exposition and a demonstration of contested terms from the current art historical vocabulary. In individual essays, scholars examine the history and use of these terms by grounding their discussions in single works of art, reading each work through current debates and methods. This instructive combination of theory and practice allows readers to examine the terms as they are seeing them employed. In its wide representation of contemporary discourse, Critical Terms for Art History is a comprehensive effort to map historical and theoretical debates over the visual environment.

Like its companion, Critical Terms for Literary Study, this book will prove an invaluable resource both for those beginning to learn about the visual theory and for scholars and historians.

"Synopsis" by , ContentsList of illustrationsAt the Place of a Foreword: Someone Looking, Reading, and Writing/Robert S. NelsonOperationsRepresentation/David SummersSign/Alex PottsSimulacrum/Michael CamilleCommunicationsWord and Image/W. J. T. MitchellNarrative/Wolfgang KempContext/Paul Mattick, Jr.Meaning/Interpretation/Stephen BannHistoriesOriginality/Richard ShiffAppropriation/Robert S. NelsonArt History/David CarrierModernism/Charles HarrisonAvant-Garde/Ann GibsonPrimitive/Mark Antliff and Patricia LeightenSocial RelationsRitual/Suzanne Preston BlierFetish/William PietzGaze/Margaret OlinGender/Whitney DavisSocietiesModes of Production/Terry SmithCommodity/Paul WoodCollecting Museums/Donald PreziosiValue/Joseph Leo Koerner and Lisbet KoernerPostmodernism/Postcolonialism/Homi K. BhabhaAfterword: Figuration/Richard Shiff ReferencesContributorsIndex
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