Description - Body Criticism by Barbara Maria Stafford
In this illustrated history of perception, Barbara Stafford explores a set of body metaphors deriving from both aesthetic and medical practices that were developed during the enlightenment for making visible the unseeable aspects of the world. While she focuses on these metaphors as a reflection of the changing attitudes toward the human body during the period of birth of the modern world, she also presents a strong argument for our need to recognize the occurrence of a profound revolution - a shift from a text-based to a visually centred culture. Stafford argues, in fact, that modern societies need to develop innovative, nonlinguistic paradigms and to train a broad public in visual aptitude.
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(273mm x 197mm x 38mm)
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
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Author Biography - Barbara Maria Stafford
Barbara Stafford is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Good Looking, Artful Science, Body Criticism, and Voyage into Substance (all published by MIT Press).