Art History: A Critical Introduction to Its Methods

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Manchester University Press, Apr 30, 2006 - Art - 250 pages

Art history: A critical introduction to its methods provides a lively and stimulating introduction to methodological debates within art history. Offering a lucid account of approaches from Hegel to post-colonialism, the book provides a sense of art history's own history as a discipline from its emergence in the late-eighteenth century to contemporary debates. By explaining the underlying philosophical and political assumptions behind each method, along with clear examples of how these are brought to bear on visual and historical analysis, the authors show that an adherence to a certain method is, in effect, a commitment to a set of beliefs and values. The book makes a strong case for the vitality of the discipline and its methodological centrality to new fields such as visual culture.

This book will be of enormous value to undergraduate and graduate students, and also makes its own contributions to ongoing scholarly debates about theory and method.

 

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Contents

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Hegel and the birth of art history
21
Heinrich Wölfflin and Alois Riegl
65
Erwin Panofsky
96
Marxism and the social history of art
120
Feminism
145
Psychoanalysis
174
Semiotics
200
Postcolonialism
223
Conclusion
241
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Michael Hatt is Head of Research at the Yale Center for British Art and Visiting Professor in the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media, Birkbeck College, University of London. Charlotte Klonk is Lecturer in Art History at the University of Warwick.

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