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The Resource Downcast eyes : the denigration of vision in twentieth-century French thought, Martin Jay

Downcast eyes : the denigration of vision in twentieth-century French thought, Martin Jay

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Downcast eyes : the denigration of vision in twentieth-century French thought
Title
Downcast eyes
Title remainder
the denigration of vision in twentieth-century French thought
Statement of responsibility
Martin Jay
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Long considered "the noblest of the senses," vision has increasingly come under critical scrutiny by a wide range of thinkers who question its dominance in Western culture. These critics, especially prominent in twentieth-century France, have challenged vision's allegedly superior capacity to provide access to the world. They have also criticized its supposed complicity with political and social oppression through the promulgation of spectacle and surveillance. Martin Jay turns to this antiocularcentric discourse and explores its often contradictory implications in the work of such influential figures as Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Louis Althusser, Guy Debord, Luce Irigaray, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida. Jay begins with a discussion of the theory of vision from Plato to Descartes, then considers vision's role in the French Enlightenment before turning to its status in the culture of modernity. From French Impressionism to Georges Bataille and the Surrealists, Roland Barthes's writings on photography, and the film theory of Christian Metz, Jay provides lucid and fair-minded analyses of thinkers and ideas widely known for their difficulty. His book examines the myriad links between the interrogation of vision and the pervasive antihumanist, antimodernist, and counter-enlightenment tenor of much recent French thought. Refusing, however, to defend the dominant visual order, he calls instead for a plurality of "scopic regimes." Certain to generate controversy and discussion throughout the humanities and social sciences, Downcast Eyes will consolidate Jay's reputation as one of today's premier cultural and intellectual historians
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jay, Martin
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vision
  • Cognition and culture
  • Philosophy, French
  • France
  • France
  • France
  • France
Label
Downcast eyes : the denigration of vision in twentieth-century French thought, Martin Jay
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Publication
Note
"A Centennial book" -- P. [ii]
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The noblest of the senses : vision from Plato to Descartes -- Dialectic of enlightenment -- The crisis of the ancien scopic régime : from the impressionists to Bergson -- The disenchantment of the eye : Bataille and the surrealists -- Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and the search for a new ontology of sight -- Lacan, Althusser, and the specular subject of ideology -- From the empire of the gaze to the society of the spectacle : Foucault and Debord -- The camera as memento mori : Barthes, Metz, and the cahiers du cinéma -- "Phallogocularcentrism" : Derrida and Irigaray -- The ethics of blindness and the postmodern sublime : Levinas and Lyotard
Control code
ocm27728656
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 632 p.
Isbn
9780520088856
Lccn
93000347
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Downcast eyes : the denigration of vision in twentieth-century French thought, Martin Jay
Publication
Note
"A Centennial book" -- P. [ii]
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The noblest of the senses : vision from Plato to Descartes -- Dialectic of enlightenment -- The crisis of the ancien scopic régime : from the impressionists to Bergson -- The disenchantment of the eye : Bataille and the surrealists -- Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and the search for a new ontology of sight -- Lacan, Althusser, and the specular subject of ideology -- From the empire of the gaze to the society of the spectacle : Foucault and Debord -- The camera as memento mori : Barthes, Metz, and the cahiers du cinéma -- "Phallogocularcentrism" : Derrida and Irigaray -- The ethics of blindness and the postmodern sublime : Levinas and Lyotard
Control code
ocm27728656
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 632 p.
Isbn
9780520088856
Lccn
93000347
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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