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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheat sheet!, 11 Dec 2008
This review is from: Critical Terms for Art History (Paperback)
This book is an excellent companion for the art history student or anyone interested in thinking about art. The book is divided into essays on broad notions such as 'body' (written by amelia jones) or 'social history of art' (written by craig clunas). I feel like this book is almost a cheat sheet because the authors of each essay usually outline the arguments and key thinkers on each topic. This is a great introduction to the issues and a very clear indicator of where the reader can go to think about the topic in more depth without having to trawl through mounds of books to find a few key theories about the topic which they are interested in. I am currently writing an essay of the use of the artists body in certain art works and Amelia Jones has provided the tools with which I can begin my research, eliminating ideas and writers which I previously might have read only to find that they weren't necessary for my argument. I am really grateful to have been recommended this book in my undergraduate degree and I now use it extensively during my postgraduate work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for undergrad work, 5 Sep 2010
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Really useful book. Excellent selection of current, relevant and highly quotable texts. Always one of the first things I pick up when researching a new topic.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought, 23 Nov 2008
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This book is an essential read for anybody who wants to discuss seriously about the history of art and has vague ideas about big words attached to the discourse of art history.
Every author who contributed to the edited volume provides food for thought about concepts which often appears in everyday chats and columns but are often mistreated or misunderstood.
The essays collected in this volume are very valuable to offer a special insight about various concepts and provide a standing point from where the reader can move forward.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arrived promptly, 2 Dec 2013
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This arrived promptly and was in good condition. I haven't finished reading it yet but it seems enjoyable so far.
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