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Object Stares Back On the Nature of Seeing

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ISBN-10: 0684800950

ISBN-13: 9780684800950

Edition: 1996

Authors: James Elkins

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"At first it appears that nothing could be easier than seeing. We just focus our eyes and take in whatever is before us. This ability seems detached, efficient, and rational - as if the eyes are competent machines telling us everything about the world without distorting it in any way. But those ideas are just illusions, Elkins argues, and he suggests that seeing is undependable, inconsistent, and caught up in the threads of the unconscious. Blindness is not the opposite of vision, but its constant companion, and even the foundation of seeing itself." "Elkins asks about objects that are too violent, too sexually charged, or too beautiful to look at directly. When we see a naked body, we…    
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English