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Writing Art History: Disciplinary Departures

Iversen, Margaret and Melville, Stephen (2010) Writing Art History: Disciplinary Departures. Chicago University Press, Chicago. ISBN 9780226388267

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Abstract

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? The authors 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.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 16:04
Last Modified: 09 May 2013 16:04
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/6160

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