General Theory of Visual Culture

ISBN-10: 0691147655
ISBN-13: 9780691147659
Edition: 2011
Authors: Whitney Davis
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Description: What is cultural about vision--or visual about culture? In this ambitious book, Whitney Davis provides new answers to these difficult and important questions by presenting an original framework for understanding visual culture. Grounded in the  More...

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List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/27/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 7.32" wide x 10.24" long x 1.02" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

What is cultural about vision--or visual about culture? In this ambitious book, Whitney Davis provides new answers to these difficult and important questions by presenting an original framework for understanding visual culture. Grounded in the theoretical traditions of art history,A General Theory of Visual Cultureargues that, in a fully consolidated visual culture, artifacts and pictures have been made to be seen in a certain way; what Davis calls "visuality" is the visual perspective from which certain culturally constituted aspects of artifacts and pictures are visible to informed viewers. In this book, Davis provides a systematic analysis of visuality and describes how it comes into being as a historical form of vision.Expansive in scope,A General Theory of Visual Culturedraws on art history, aesthetics, the psychology of perception, the philosophy of reference, and vision science, as well as visual-cultural studies in history, sociology, and anthropology. It provides penetrating new definitions of form, style, and iconography, and draws important and sometimes surprising conclusions (for example, that vision does not always attain to visual culture, and that visual culture is not always wholly visible). The book uses examples from a variety of cultural traditions, from prehistory to the twentieth century, to support a theory designed to apply to all human traditions of making artifacts and pictures--that is, to visual culture as a worldwide phenomenon.

WHITNEY DAVIS, Professor of Art History at Northwestern University, is the author of Canonical Tradition in Ancient Egyptian Art; Masking the Blow: The Scene of Representation in Late Prehistoric Egyptian Art; and Replications: Archaeology, Art History, Psychoanalysis. He is the editor of Gay and Lesbian Studies in Art History.

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