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Author Bal, Mieke, 1946- author.

Title Double exposures : the subject of cultural analysis / Mieke Bal ; with Das Gesicht an der Wand, Edwin Janssen
Published London : Routledge, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 338 pages)
Contents Chapter Introduction -- chapter 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 -- chapter 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 -- chapter 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 -- chapter 4 Museumtalk in which conversations lead to monologues and authority makes sense, so that museology becomes a measure for cultural analysis -- chapter 5 Frist Person, Second Person, Same Person in which the best scholarship gets entagled in a narrative of display in its very attempts to avoid such discourse, but where unknotting those knots turns out to be worthwhile -- chapter 6 A Postcard From The Edge in which postcards, undeliverable for lack of a recent address, can still be returned to sender -- chapter 7 The Story Of W in which lessons about reading metaphor against simplification are practiced to save Lucretia's (after) life, and struggle to find words to fit images proveides a model of integrative display -- chapter 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 -- chapter 9 Head Hunting in which
Summary "A feminist literary theorist, specialist in Rembrandt, and a scholar with a knack for reading Old Testament stories, Mieke Bal weaves a tapestry of signs and meanings that enrich our senses. Her subject is the act of showing, the gesture of exposing to view. In a museum, for example, the object is on display, made visually available. "That's how it is," the display proclaims. But who says so? Bal's subjects are displays from the American Museum of Natural History, paintings by such figures as Courbet, Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Rembrandt, as well as works by twentieth-century artists, and such literary texts as Shakespeare's Rape of Lucrece."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [313]-329) and index
Subject Communication and culture.
Museum exhibits.
Museums -- Social aspects.
Communication and culture.
Museum exhibits.
Museums -- Social aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203699262