Writing Art History: Disciplinary Departures by Margaret IversenWriting Art History: Disciplinary Departures by Margaret Iversen

Writing Art History: Disciplinary Departures

byMargaret Iversen

Paperback | December 1, 2010

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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.

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.
Title:Writing Art History: Disciplinary DeparturesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:December 1, 2010Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226388263

ISBN - 13:9780226388267

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 What’s the Matter with Methodology?
Chapter 2 Historical Distance (Bridging and Spanning)
Chapter 3 On the Limits of Interpretation: Dürer’s Melencolia I
Chapter 4 What the Formalist Knows
Chapter 5 The Spectator: Riegl, Steinberg, and Morris
Chapter 6 The Gaze in Perspective: Merleau-Ponty, Lacan, Damisch
Chapter 7 Seeing and Reading: Lyotard, Barthes, Schapiro
Chapter 8 Plasticity: The Hegelian Writing of Art
Chapter 9 Curriculum

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