Short History of the Shadow

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Reaktion Books, Aug 1, 1997 - Art - 264 pages
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Stoichita's compelling account untangles the history of one of the most enduring challenges to beset Western art - the depiction and meanings of shadows.

"discriminating, inspired interrogation ... dazzling analysis"—Marina Warner, Tate Magazine

"Ambitious and a pleasure to read ... a thoroughly worthwhile book."—Times Higher Education Supplement
 

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A short history of the shadow

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In what could be called a meticulous dissection of Robert Louis Stevenson's "I Have a Little Shadow," Stoichita (history of art, Univ. of Fribourg, Switzerland) examines the artistic and intellectual ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
7
The Shadow Stage
11
The Shadow of the Flesh
42
A Shadow on the Painting
89
Around The Uncanny
123
Man and his Doubles
153
Of Shadow and its Reproducibility during the Photographic Era
187
In the Shadow of the Eternal Return
200
References
243
List of Illustrations
259
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About the author (1997)

Victor I. Stoichita is Professor of the History of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

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