Staring How We Look

ISBN-10: 0195326806
ISBN-13: 9780195326802
Edition: 2009
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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 somevisual 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 and offers 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 book advances 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.

About Staring
Why Do We Stare?
What Is Staring?
Staring: A Physical Response
Staring: A Cultural History
Staring: A Social Relationship
Staring: Knowledge Gathering
Don't Stare
Staring: Getting into Trouble
Staring: Bad Manners
Staring: Rules and Rebellion
Starers and Starees
Looking Away, Staring Back
Scenes of Staring
Staring at Faces
Staring at Hands
Staring at Bodies
Staring at Breasts
Beholding

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