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Informed by both structuralism and poststructuralism, these essays by art critic and historian Yve Alain Bois seek to redefine the status of theory in modernist critical discourse. Warning against the uncritical adoption of theoretical fashions and equally against the a priori rejection of all theory, Bois argues that theory is best employed in response to the specific demands of a critical problem. The essays lucidly demonstrate the uses of various theoretical approaches in conjunction with close reading of both paintings and texts.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262521802
ISBN-10: 0262521806
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 178mm x 17mm)
Pages: 357
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Jun-1993
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Yve-Alain Bois

Henry J. Aaron is Senior Fellow in Economic Studies and The Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Chair at the Brookings Institution.

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