Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Art - 230 pages
"Visual studies is a rapidly expanding intellectual field, growing throughout colleges and universities around the world. But is it asking the most interesting questions? And is it just too easy to do? In his latest book, James Elkins offers a road map through the field of visual studies, describing its major concerns and its principal theoretical sources. Then, with the skill and insight that have marked his successful books on art and visuality, Elkins takes the reader down a side road where visual studies can become a more interesting place. Why look only at the same handful of theorists? Why exclude from one's field of vision non-Western art or the wealth of scientific images? The centerpiece of Visual Studies is Elkins's proposal for ten ways in which visual studies could be made more difficult - theoretically, practically, and in terms of its interpretative and historical range. As Stories of Art offered an antidote to the authorized version of art history, Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction proposes a refreshingly open-minded introduction to a growing field. This handsome volume is illustrated throughout."

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important to understand the concept of visual literacy


What Is Visual Studies?
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Ten Ways to Make Visual Studies More Difficult
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James Elkins is Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His books Stories of Art, How to Use Your Eyes, Pictures and Tears, and What Painting Is are all published by Routledge. He lives in Chicago, IL.

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