Visual Culture Studies presents 13 engaging and detailed interviews with some of the most influential intellectuals working today on the objects, subjects, media, and environments of visual culture. Exploring historical and theoretical questions of vision, the visual, and visuality, this collection reveals the provocative insights of these thinkers, as they have contributed in exhilarating ways to disturbing the parameters of more traditional areas of study across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In so doing they have key roles in establishing visual culture studies as a significant field of inquiry. Each interview draws out the interests and commitments of the interviewee to critically interrogate the past, present, and future possibilities of visual culture studies and visual culture itself.

The Object of Visual Culture Studies, and Preposterous History

The Object of Visual Culture Studies, and Preposterous History

The object of visual culture studies, and preposterous history


Mieke Bal holds the position of Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences Professor. She is also Professor of the Theory of Literature at the University of Amsterdam and A.D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University. A co-founder of the Visual and Cultural Studies programme at Rochester, Bal has written more than 25 single-authored books. These include Narratology (1985/1997), Quoting Caravaggio (1999), Looking In: The Art of Viewing (2001), Louise Bourgeois’ Spider (2001), and Travelling Concepts in the Humanities (2002). A Mieke Bal Reader was published in 2006. Here Bal speaks about a series of institutional matters that include changes in the landscape of Visual Culture Studies over the last 20 ...

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