Picturing The Self

Author: Gen Doy
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 9781850434122
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Picturing The Self from the Author: Gen Doy. Ideas of selfhood, from Descartes' theory of "I think therefore I am" to postmodern notions of the fragmented and de-centred self, have been crucial to the visual arts. Gen Doy explores this relationship, from Holbein's "Ambassadors" and the early modern period up to and beyond Marc Quinn's "Self" (Blood Head). Arguing that the importance of subjectivity for art goes far beyond self-portraits, she explores such topics as self-expression; the self, work and consumption; self-presentation; photography and the theatre of the self; the marginalized - beggars and asylu.

Subject Society And Culture

Author: Roy Boyne
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780803983502
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Subject Society And Culture from the Author: Roy Boyne. This book explores the relationships between visual culture, social theory and the individual. Visual culture has emerged as a central area of debate and research in contemporary sociology, yet the field is still underdefined. In particular, the relationship between visual culture and the individual remains obscure. Sociologists have insisted that all aspects of the individual are open to sociological explanation. The result is that the individual sometimes seems to have been theorized away from sociological understanding. Using a wide range of resources from Bourdieu's action theory and the contribution of actor network theory, through to the artistic explorations of Francis Bacon and Barnett Newman, this book shows how th

Contemporary French Philosophy

Author: Caroline Williams
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9780826479228
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Contemporary French Philosophy from the Author: Caroline Williams. "Caroline Williams marks what is distinctive about 20th Century French philosophy's interrogation of the subject and demonstrates its historical continuity in a lucid, balanced and utterly convincing way." David Wood, Vanderbilt University French philosophy and cultural theory continue to hold a prestigious and influential position in European thought. One of the central themes of contemporary French philosophy is its concern with the theoretical and political status of the subject, a question which has been broached by structuralists and poststructuralists through an analysis of the construction of the subject in and by language, discourse, power and ideology. Contemporary French Philosophy outlines the construction of the subject in modern philosophy, focusing in particular on the seminal work of Althusser, Lacan, Derrida and Foucault. The book interrogates some of the most influential perspectives on the question of the subject to contest those postmodern voices which announce its disappearance or death. It argues instead that the question of the subject persists, even in those perspectives which seek to abandon it altogether. Providing a broad introduction to the field and an original analysis of some of the most influential theorists of the 20th century, the book will be of great interest to political and literary theorists, cultural historians, as well as to philosophers.

Short History Of The Shadow

Author: Victor I. Stoichita
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781861890009
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Short History Of The Shadow from the Author: Victor I. Stoichita. In this investigative tour de force, Victor I. Stoichita untangles the history of one of the most enduring technical and symbolic challenges to beset Western artists – the depiction and meanings of shadows. The representation of shadow, and especially of cast shadow, is as old as art itself, for according to classical writers art was born when the outline of a human shadow thrown onto a wall was first traced out in order to capture it in the form of a silhouette. But the history of the shadow is properly the history of light versus dark, for in addition to indicating relief and volume or the times of day, shadows can intimate subtler interior realities – from states of mind to the state of the soul. According to J. C. Lavater in the 18th century, for example, it was the shadow of the face, not the face itself, that was the soul’s reflection. More recently Andy Warhol, in his Shadows canvases, and Joseph Beuys have in turn explored the idea of the shadow as the hyper-realized revelation of utter human emptiness and as the self’s awesomely powerful Doppelgänger. Stoichita’s compelling account of the shadow and Western art, which draws on texts by Renaissance artist-authors like Vasari and Cennini, folk tales, fairy tales and classical myths, works by van Eyck, Poussin, Malevich, De Chirico, Picasso and other masters, German Expressionist cinema, photography and child psychology, is a wholly original incursion into a subject that for centuries has challenged the very meaning of art as representation.

Begging Questions

Author: Hartley Dean
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Begging Questions from the Author: Hartley Dean. Though begging is intimately linked to issues of street homelessness, mental, health, substance abuse and social exclusion, this book specifically focuses on begging as a distinctive form of marginalised economic activity. It looks at: the significance of face-to-face contact between beggars and passers-by; the preoccupation with the classification of beggars; the stigma associated with begging and judgements required by the passer-by; and the place of begging in the spectrum of informal economic activity. This original contribution is important reading for researchers, academics and students in social policy, social work, sociology, politics and socio-legal studies, and also for social work practitioners and, particularly, policy makers.

Art In The Age Of Terrorism

Author: Graham Coulter-Smith
Publisher: Paul Holberton Pub
ISBN: 9781903470411
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Art In The Age Of Terrorism from the Author: Graham Coulter-Smith. In this book artists and arts theorists explore the various ways in which art can help articulate the zone of grey that lies behind the black and white term 'terrorism'. The images and texts in this volume also tackle a growing awareness that the ill-defined 'war on terror' which has followed in the wake of 11 September 2001 is accompanied by a politics of fear. One of the sub-themes in this book is the impact of this atmosphere on the plight of asylum seekers. And one can also note that the politics of fear threatens the freedom of expression which is so important to art in a democratic society.

Life Writing

Author: Koray MelikoÄźlu
Publisher: Ibidem-Verlag Haunschild/Schoen gbr
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Life Writing from the Author: Koray MelikoÄźlu. These proceedings of the international 2006 symposium 'The Theory and Practice of Life Writing: Auto/biography, Memoir and Travel Writing in Post/modern Literature' at Halic University, Istanbul, include the majority of contributions to this event, some of them heavily revised for publication. A first group, treatments of more comprehensive and/or theoretical aspects of life and travel writing, concerns genre history (Nazan Aksoy; Manfred Pfister), typology (Manfred Pfister; Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson), issues of narration (Gerald P. Mulderig; Rana Tekcan), the recent phenomenon of blogging (Leman Giresunlu), and therapeutic narrative (Wendy Ryden). A second group-whose concern often heavily overlaps with the first in that it also pursues theoretical goals-concentrates on individual authors and artists: Saba Altinsay and Dido Sotiriou (Banu Ozel), Samuel Beckett (Oya Berk), the sculptor Alexander Calder (Barbara B. Zabel), G. Thomas Couser and his filial memoir, Moris Farhi (Bronwyn Mills), Jean Genet (Clare Brandabur), Henry James (Laurence Raw), Orhan Pamuk (Dilek Doltas; Ayse F. Ece), Sylvia Plath (Richard J. Larschan), Edouard Roditi (Clifford Endres), Sara Rosenberg (Claire Emilie Martin), the dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai (Leena Chandorkar), Alev Tekinay (Ozlem Ogut), Uwe Timm (Jutta Birmele), and female British and American Oriental travellers (Tea Jansson).

Seeing Seneca Whole

Author: Katharina Volk
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
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Seeing Seneca Whole from the Author: Katharina Volk. This volume contains ten essays on Seneca the Younger. Approaching the Roman writer from various angles, the authors endeavor both to illuminate individual aspects of Seneca s enormous output and to discern common themes among the different genres practiced by him."

Genii Loci

Publisher: Black Dog Publishing
ISBN: 9781901033380
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Genii Loci from the Author: . Since her ground-breaking photographic documentary series in the early 1980s of "the great and the good" in British society, Karen Knorr continues to explore with wit and humour ideas that underpin heritage and patrimony in the formation of national identity. In her recent photographic series, Sanctuary and Spirits, taken in private palaces and public collections, she explores the boundaries between animals and humans in a world that has become relentlessly materialistic and unconcerned with the implications of unlimited consumerism. Genii Loci presents a comprehensive overview of this influential artist's work over the last ten years, including new developments using sound, installation and video.