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    Carnal relations: embodied sight in Roger Bacon, Merleau-Ponty and St Francis

    Biernoff, Suzannah (2005) Carnal relations: embodied sight in Roger Bacon, Merleau-Ponty and St Francis. Journal of Visual Culture 4 (1), pp. 39-52. ISSN 1470-4129.

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    Book synopsis: This article attempts a medieval Christian rereading of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s enigmatic and unfinished text, The Visible and the Invisible. Along the way, it complicates current notions of ocularcentrism, as well as the idea of an embodied gaze. The privileged term in these historical fragments is flesh: in Merleau-Ponty and in medieval Christianity, a carnal presence insinuates itself into the relations between bodies, between things and thoughts, self and world. In the end, the speculative encounter between the two central studies offers a new perspective on debates about the historiography of vision and the peculiar potency of the visual world.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 13:47
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:07


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