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Vision and textuality

Vision and textuality

Melville, Stephen W; Readings, Bill, 1960-

'Melville and Readings have done a superb job, not only in their choice of essays, but in their elaborate and highly ambitious introduction. It is the best assessment that I know of the current state of contemporary art history and criticism, the most subtle analysis of the theoretical alternatives open to contemporary and future work in these disciplines.' - Keith Moxey, Barnard College and Columbia University;This volume brings together the work of distinguished critics and art historians in order to reflect and assess the impact of current critical theory on the discipline and practice of art history. Centring on the intersection of questions of vision with the problematic of textuality, the book addresses how issues of politics, semiotics, psychoanalysis and historiography have contributed to the emergent terms and practices of the new art histories

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1995
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Stephen Melville and Bill Readings
ISBN: 0333609700, 9780333609705
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xvii, 391 p. : ill., facsims., plan, port. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Semiotics; Art and literature.; Critical Theory; Aesthetics.; Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.); Art criticism.; Art History.; Art History; Visual Culture; Literature History and criticism Theory etc.; Critical theory.


  1. List of Illustrations
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Notes on the Contributors
  4. PART 1: General Introduction: Textuality and Vision; S. Melville & B. Readings
  5. PART 2: Introduction: Basic Concepts of Art History; S. Melville
  6. Beholding Art History: Vision, Place, and Power; G. Pollock
  7. Past Looking; M. Holly
  8. A Discourse with the Shape of Reason Missing; J. Tagg
  9. Post-Aesthetics: A German Perspective; I. Rogoff
  10. PART 3 Introduction: How Obvious is Art? Kitsch and the Semiotician; B. Readings
  11. Reading the Gaze; M. Bal
  12. Philostratus and the Imaginary Museum; N. Bryson
  13. 'It is Myself that I Paint': Topics and Figures of Enunciation; L. Marin
  14. Armor Fou; H. Foster
  15. PART 4
  16. Introduction: Histoire Politique de l'Oeil; F. Lubert
  17. Impersonal Violence; J. Bender
  18. Vision and Visuality; Bolla
  19. B/G; T. Crow
  20. PART 5
  21. Introduction: Vision Procured; B. Schaber
  22. In the Master's Bedroom; R. Krauss
  23. Photo Unrealism; M. Jay
  24. Chance Encounters; V. Burgin
  25. Index