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Vision and Difference: Feminism, Femininity and Histories of Art (Routledge Classics) [Paperback]

Griselda Pollock
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24 April 2003 Routledge Classics

Griselda Pollock provides concrete historical analyses of key moments in the formation of modern culture to reveal the sexual politics at the heart of modernist art. Crucially, she not only explores a feminist re-reading of the works of canonical male Impressionist and Pre-Raphaelite artists including Edgar Degas and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, but also re-inserts into art history their female contemporaries - women artists such as Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt.

Pollock discusses the work of women artists such as Mary Kelly and Yve Lomax, highlighting the problems of working in a culture where the feminine is still defined as the object of the male gaze. Now published with a new introduction, Vision and Difference is as powerful as ever for all those seeking not only to understand the history of the feminine in art, but also to develop new strategies for representation for the future.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (24 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041530850X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415308502
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 16.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A classic text by one of the great pioneers of feminist criticism and art history' - Linda Nochlin, New York University, USA

'A vital text for understnading the polemics of feminist art history, and its methods in practice' - Anthea Callen, University of Nottingham, UK

About the Author

Griselda Pollock (1949-). Renowned art historian and critic, currently Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art at the University of Leeds

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5.0 out of 5 stars Griselda Pollock, Vision and Difference 12 Oct 2012
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This seminal work by brilliant art and cultural historian, Griselda Pollock, was re-issued by Routledge in 2003 to include a well-callibrated and revised introduction, together with updated chapters. Although Pollock's analysis focuses on the social history and sexual politics of nineteenth century art, it also resonates with literary productions of the same period. This for me, as a feminist literary scholar, was invaluable. Never confined by one theoretical position, Pollock prefers instead to decode 'the social relations of power - class and gender'(introduction xxxvii) which are embedded in cultural productions. Particularly praiseworthy is chapter 3(Spaces of Femininity) which explores the feminine artist and her (confined) spatial/social environment, and chapter 4 (Woman as Sign). The latter explores Rossetti's obsession with the trope of feminine beauty, using a series of paintings as the basis for her probing 'textual' analysis. This is a classic in feminist cultural criticism.Vision and Difference: Feminism, Femininity and Histories of Art (Routledge Classics)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing skills 11 Dec 2010
By Andy M
This author's intellectual pretensions are belied by terribly poor writing, falling down even on ignorance of basic grammmar and syntax. An example is the mistaken use of the word 'criteria' as the singular rather than the plural. This would be a wince-makingly inept effort even as an example of student essay writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think... 15 Dec 2004
By G. Whaley - Published on
I had to read portions of this for an Anthropology class and from what I read I had to read the rest of it. Reading this book brings up many thoughts, not just about feminism or the feminist movement, but about society's habit of labeling people and groups of people in general. It's not a light read, but is worth it if you can finish it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 5 Jun 2013
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Fantastic read and very helpful on my paper about females and their role in Impressionism. Highly suggested read on the topic!
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I always select a book in good conditions or better and this one met my expectations. Thank you I am very happy with my purchase.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Same Book, Puffed-Up New Edition 17 Dec 2004
By Theodore Greenwood - Published on
Professor Pollack, a pioneer of feminist criticism and art history, has written a classic in Vision and Difference. This new edition has a cover with her surname in bold letters, Pollack, as if playing off her famous name. An unsturdy introduction adds a page to the length of the book.

After careful study of both editions, one will find no textural additions to this edition.

The title has been changed by juxtaposing words so that the first edition does not appear along side this version.

The first edition is titled Vision and Difference: FEMININITY, FEMINISM and the Histories of Art. Two words have been switched.
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