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Beyond the Mirror

Seeing in Art History and Visual Culture Studies

Series: Image, 182
Funded by: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

»The concept of visuality - t« his book is the first study to compare the scholarly act of seeing in art history and visual culture studies, two disciplines who have been debating this concept for decades. Susanne von Falkenhausen reveals the concepts of vision and seeing that underwrite these competing but complementary approaches to art, image, and society. Stepping beyond disciplinary hostility, she analyses a wide range of key texts spanning from early 20th century to the present. In close readings, the book crosses expertly between American, German, and British versions of art history, cultural studies, aesthetics, film studies, along with the political agendas that motivate them in feminism, gender and queer theory, as well as identity politics more generally.


Audience: Professional and scholarly;