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Author Bal, Mieke, 1946-

Title Double exposures : the subject of cultural analysis / Mieke Bal ; with Das Gesicht an der Wand, Edwin Janssen
Published New York : Routledge, 1996


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Description xiv, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Das Gesicht an der Wand / Edwin Janssen -- 1. Telling, Showing, Showing Off: in which the threshold between two worlds is more telling than the division between the two sides of New York's Central Park, and words expose images exposing words -- 2. The Value Factory: in which issues of ownership and preservation reveal a first-person narrator, and literary theory is brought in to learn the foreign language spoken in museums; and in which the distinction between types of museums turns out to be more than just labeling -- 3. The Talking Museum: in which one image reads another by hanging next to it, and in which parrots can speak without imitating; but this requires that discourse be liberated from the stronghold of linguistic supremacy -- 4. Museumtalk: in which conversations lead to monologues and authority makes sense, so that museology becomes a measure for cultural analysis
5. First Person, Second Person, Same Person: in which the best scholarship gets entangled in a narrative of display in its very attempts to avoid such discourses, but where unknotting those knots turns out to be worthwhile -- 6. A Postcard from the Edge: in which postcards, undeliverable for lack of a recent address, can still be returned to sender -- 7. The Story of W: in which lessons about reading metaphor against simplification are practiced to save Lucretia's (after)life, and the struggle to find words to fit images provides a model of integrative display -- 8. His Master's Eye: in which it turns out not all modern men heed Shakespeare's will, to the detriment of their own enjoyment; but some do, and thus teach cultural analysis about its subject -- 9. Head Hunting: in which "Judith" demonstrates that epistemology is not the prerogative of philosophers, and images will point out, for the last time, what can be shown, and what cannot
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [313]-329) and index
Subject Communication and culture.
Museum exhibits.
Museums -- Social aspects.
LC no. 95045682
ISBN 0415917034 (hc : acid-free paper)
0415917042 (paperback: acid-free paper)