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Theory for Art History

For students and professors of art history and visual culture, this second volume in Routledge's "theory4" series is a valuable and concise introduction to the intersection between critical theory and art history. Beginning with precursor figures such as Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx, Jae Emerling goes on to focus on the major cultural theorists of the twentieth and twenty-first century with a sharp focus on questions concerning aesthetics. Devoting a chapter to each key figure, the text introduces each thinker's system of thought, situates them both historically and conceptually, and encourages the reader to turn to primary the primary texts. Figures included among many others are: Walter Benjamin; Gilles Deleuze; Jacques Derrida; Alain Badiou;and Giorgia Agamben. The intersection between critical theory and art history is contentious. In imaginative and critical ways, "Theory for Art History "argues that the discipline and practice of art history only gains from a fuller knowledge of critical theory.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS INTRODUCTION I. PREDECESSORS 1. Sigmund FREUD 2. Karl MARX 3. Friedrich NIETZSCHE 4. Ferdinand de SAUSSURE II. THEORY FOR ART HISTORY 5. Theodor Wiesengrund ADORNO 6. Giorgio AGAMBEN 7. Louis ALTHUSSER 8. Alain BADIOU 9. Roland BARTHES 10. Georges BATAILLE 11. Jean BAUDRILLARD 12. Walter BENJAMIN 13. Pierre BOURDIEU 14. Judith BUTLER 15. Gilles DELEUZE and Felix GUATTARI 16. Jacques DERRIDA 17. Michel FOUCAULT 18. Martin HEIDEGGER 19. Luce IRIGARAY 20. Julia KRISTEVA 21. Jacques LACAN 22. Emmanuel LEVINAS 23. Jean-Francois LYOTARD 24. Maurice MERLEAU-PONTY 25. Edward W. SAID 26. Gayatri Chakravorty SPIVAK III. AFTERWORD: A Relation of Immanence: The Afterlife of Art History and Critical Theory

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Jae Emerling has been Chancellor's Fellow in the Department of Art History at UCLA.


"A lucid and profoundly hopeful inquiry into the possibilities for art history and critical theory by one of the most brilliant of the emerging generation of art historians." -Donald Preziosi, Oxford University

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