Methods and Theories of Art History

ISBN-10: 1856698998
ISBN-13: 9781856698993
Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)
Authors: Anne D'Alleva
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List price: $9.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Publication date: 9/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Art historical theory is a forum of intense, often passionate debate. This book provides an accessible introduction to the range of critical theories used in analysing art. It covers a broad range of approaches, presenting individual arguments, controversies and divergent perspectives. This second edition has been updated to reflect recent scholarship in contemporary art. The book begins by introducing the concept of theory and explains why it is important to art historical practice. Each of the book's four core chapters presents a group of related approaches that are discussed and applied to one or more works of art. The book ends with some practical ideas about writing theoretically driven art history papers. Clearly written, this book is ideal for the undergraduate student or anyone interested in the world of ideas.

Introduction How to use this book
Thinking about theory
What makes theory "theory"?
Is theory pure, universal, and impartial?
Positivism, or the theory of anti-theoretical positions
Thinking through theory
Conclusion
Jargon
What's the difference between theory and methodology?
A place to start
The analysis of form, symbol, and sign
Formalism in art history
Iconography and iconology
Panofsky's iconography and iconology
Iconography and iconology since Panofsky
Practicing iconography and iconology
Semiotics
The founding semioticians: Saussure and Peirce
Systems and codes
Interpreting codes and signs
Semiotics and art history
Practicing semiotic art history
The object of art history
Word and image
Conclusion
Are works of art puzzles? Are art historians detectives?
Do we "read" works of art?
A place to start
Airs contexts
The history of ideas
Marxist and materialist perspectives on art
The critique of capitalism and historical materialism
Ideology and cultural hegemony
Marxism and art
Materialist and Marxist art history
Practicing Marxist art history
Feminisms
A brief history of the women's movement
The beginnings of feminist art history
Current issues in feminist art history
Essentialism and feminist art history
Practicing feminist art history
Sexualities, LGBTI Studies, and queer theory
LGBTI Studies
Queer theory
Gender performativity, a key queer idea
LGBTI/queer art history
Practicing LGBU/queer art history
Cultural Studies and post-colonial theory
Race and post-colonial theory
Subaltern Studies
Globalization and transnationalism
Practicing art history informed by globalization and transnationalism
Art history, Cultural Studies, and Visual Culture Studies
Practicing art history informed by Cultural Studies/post-colonialism
Conclusion
So what's normal-or normative?
A place to start
Psychology and perception in art
Art history and psychoanalysis
Basic Freud
Freud on art
Freud's critics
Basic Lacan
Lacan on art
Lacan's critics
Psychoanalysis and contemporary art history
The gaze
Reception theory I: the psychology of art
Reception theory II: reader-response theory and the aesthetics of reception
Practicing reception theory/psychoanalytic art history Conclusion
Jungian archetypes
Object relations theory and the nature of creativity
The anxiety of influence
A place to start
Taking a stance toward knowledge
Hermeneutics
The hermeneutic trio
The hermeneutic circle
Hermeneutics and art history
Practicing hermeneutic art history
Structuralism and post-structuralism
Culture as structure
Binary oppositions
Intertextuality and the death of the author
Post-structuralism
Foucault's history: knowledge is power
Structuralism, post-structuralism, and art history
Practicing structuralist and post-structuralist art history
Deconstruction
Art history and deconstruction
Practicing deconstructive art history
Postmodernism as condition and practice
Defining modernism(s)
Adding the "post" to modernism
Challenging master narratives
Fragmentation, pastiche, and the simulacrum
Modernism, postmodernism, and art history
Practicing postmodernist art history
Conclusion
A place to start
writing with theory
The kind of paper you're probably writing now
Learning how to write with theory
The place of theory in research
Which comes first?
How do you know which theory (or theories) to use?
Writing the paper
Crafting a theoretically driven argument
Integrating theory
Supporting your points/providing evidence
Creativity, imagination, and truth
A place to start
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
Photo credits

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