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    Sight and embodiment in the Middle Ages

    Biernoff, Suzannah (2002) Sight and embodiment in the Middle Ages. The New Middle Ages. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan UK. ISBN 9780230508354.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: Sight and Embodiment in the Middle Ages traces the intersections between vision, knowledge and embodiment in the period around 1200 in Western Europe. Accounts of Western ocularcentrism have stressed the distancing and objectifying features of modern ways of seeing and knowing; this book charts the terrain of a more intimate and complex visual history. Biernoff brings postmodern writings on vision and embodiment into dialogue with medieval texts and images. By highlighting the foreignness of medieval ways of seeing – for example the idea that sight involved a physical encounter comparable to touch – modern theories of vision and the gaze lose their claim to universality.

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    Item Type: Book
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): visual culture, medieval studies, history of the senses
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > History of Art
    Research Centre: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Dr Suzannah Biernoff
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2016 09:48
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 09:15
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/14433

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