Writing art history : disciplinary departures /
Since art history is having a major identity crisis as it struggles to adapt to contemporary global and mass media culture, this book intervenes in the struggle by laying bare the troublesome assumptions and presumptions at the field's foundations in a series of essays.
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|Other Authors / Creators:||Melville, Stephen W.|
|Imprint:||Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010.|
Art > History > Philosophy.
|Summary:||Since art history is having a major identity crisis as it struggles to adapt to contemporary global and mass media culture, this book intervenes in the struggle by laying bare the troublesome assumptions and presumptions at the field's foundations in a series of essays.|
Faced with an increasingly media-saturated, globalized culture, art historians have begun to ask themselves challenging and provocative questions about the nature of their discipline. Why did the history of art come into being? Is it now in danger of slipping into obsolescence? And, if so, should we care?
In Writing Art History , Margaret Iversen and Stephen Melville address these questions by exploring some assumptions at the discipline's foundation. Their project is to excavate the lost continuities between philosophical aesthetics, contemporary theory, and art history through close readings of figures as various as Michael Baxandall, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Lacan, and Alois Riegl. Ultimately, the authors propose that we might reframe the questions concerning art history by asking what kind of writing might help the discipline to better imagine its actual practices--and its potential futures.
|Physical Description:||x, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.|
|Bibliography:||Includes bibliographical references and index.|
Margaret Iversen is professor of the history of art at the University of Essex and author of Beyond Pleasure: Freud, Lacan, Barthes , among other titles. Stephen Melville is professor emeritus of the history of art at Ohio State University and author of Seams: Art as Philosophical Context and other works.