Staring: How We Look by Rosemarie Garland-ThomsonStaring: How We Look by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Staring: How We Look

byRosemarie Garland-Thomson

Paperback | April 20, 2009

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From a very young age we are told not to stare, and one hallmark of maturation is the ability to resist (or at least hide) our staring behavior. And yet, rarely do we master the impulse. Despite the complicated role it plays in our development, and its unique brand of visual enticement,staring has not been considered before as a suitable object for socio-cultural analysis. What is it about certain kinds of people that makes it impossible to take our eyes off them? Why are some visual stimuli irresistible? Why does staring produce so much anxiety? Drawing on examples from art, media, fashion, history and memoir, Garland-Thomson defines staring, explores the factors that motivate it, and considers the targets and the effects of the stare. A bodily inventory then enumerates how stares actually operate in daily life. A section on "Bodies"focuses on the question of size and scale as key indicators of normalcy, while certain body parts show themselves to be disproportionately arresting, as passages on "Faces" "Hands" and "Breasts" reveal. A concluding chapter on "Beholding" considers the frisson at play between starer and staree andoffers an alternative way of understanding visual communication between people. Featuring over forty illustrations, Staring captures the stimulating combination of symbolic, material and emotional factors that make staring so irresistible while endeavoring to shift the usual response to staring, shame, into an engaged self-consideration. Elegant and provocative, this bookadvances new ways of thinking about visuality and the body that will appeal to readers who are interested in the overlap between the humanities and human behaviors.
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is Professor of Women's Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her fields of study are feminist theory, American literature, and disability studies. Her scholarly and professional activities are devoted to developing the field of disability studies in the humanities and in women's studies.
Title:Staring: How We LookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:April 20, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195326806

ISBN - 13:9780195326802

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Table of Contents

Part 1: About Staring1. Why Do We Stare?Part 2: What Is Staring?2. Staring: A Physical Response3. Staring: A Cultural History4. Staring: A Social Relationship5. Staring: Knowledge GatheringPart 3: Don't Stare6. Staring: Getting into Trouble7. Staring: Bad Manners8. Staring: Rules and RebellionPart 4: Starers and Starees9. Looking Away, Staring BackPart 5: Scenes of Staring10. Staring at Faces11. Staring at Hands12. Staring at Bodies13. Staring at Breasts14. Beholding