The Practice of Persuasion
Paradox and Power in Art History
By (author) Keith P. F. Moxey
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Practice of Persuasion by Keith P. F. Moxey
Book DescriptionThis sequel to The Practice of Theory stresses the continued need for self-reflective awareness in art historical writing. Offering a series of meditations on the discipline of art history in the context of contemporary critical theory, Moxey addresses such central issues as the status of the canon, the nature of aesthetic value, and the character of historical knowledge. The chapters are linked by a common interest in, even fascination with, the paradoxical power of narrative and the identity of the authorial voice. Moxey maintains that art history is a rhetoric of persuasion rather than a discourse of truth. Each chapter in The Practice of Persuasion attempts to demonstrate the paradoxes inherent in a genre that-while committed to representing the past-must inevitably bear the imprint of the present. In Moxey's view, art history as a discipline is often unable to recognize its status as a regime of truth that produces historically determined meanings and so continues to act as if based on a universal aesthetic foundation. His new book should enable art historians to engage with the past in a manner less determined by tradition and more responsive to contemporary values and aspirations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801486753
(235mm x 156mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Keith P. F. Moxey
Peasants, Warriors, and Wives, Paperback (June 2004)
Keith Moxey examines woodcut images from the Nuremburg area, arguing that far from being crude representations of popular culture, they in fact represent the means by which the middle and upper classes could disseminate reformed attitudes to a broader audience.
Art History, Aesthetics, Visual Studies, Paperback (February 2003)
This study explores the connections and differences between art history, aesthetics and visual studies as methods of investigating visual representation. It features essays by 15 scholars including David Carrier, Philip Fisher, Karen Lang, Nicholas Mirzoeff and Michael Kelly.
Subjects of Art History, Paperback (December 1998)
An introduction to the historiography and theory of the history of art.
Practice of Theory, Paperback (February 1994)» View all books by Keith P. F. Moxey
Many art historians regard poststructuralist theory with suspicion; some even see its focus on the political dimension of language as hostile to an authentic study of the past. Keith Moxey bridges the gap between historical and theoretical...
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