Elkins asks about objects that are too violent, too sexually charged, or too beautiful to look at directly. When we see a naked body, we either stare lasciviously or. For the art historian James Elkins, there is no such thing as “just looking. inconsistent, and undependable, he says in The Object Stares Back. In Elkins’s view, even the simplest, most reductive statement that can be made about seeing, “the beholder looks at the object,” is charged with.

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Seeing does not interfere with the world or take anything from it, and it does not hurt or damage anything. Film and its shaping of vision are mentioned only in passing. Kelvin Grove Campus Library.

Open to the public N I suggest it to anyone who might enjoy exploring the links between thought and vision and other such things. Elkins’ task is to problematize the supposed ease at which we see. On the Nature of Seeing by James Elkins. I have to re-read everything many times.

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Mar 12, Sam Bruskin rated it it was amazing. The book was full of fascinating tidbits of information. Ultimately, he concludes, “Seeing alters the thing that is seen and transforms the seer” – as this remarkable book will transform the viewpoints of all who read it. It’s beautifully but densely written and Elkkins confess I didn’t work as hard at understanding the book as it merited.


No trivia or quizzes yet. We can see elkin, pictures, landscapes, and whatever else we need to see, and with the help of science we can see galaxies and viruses and the insides of our own bodies.

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Book ratings by Goodreads. These 3 locations in Queensland: Tied together with many personal anecdotes with flowing use of language, the book is an insight for those interested in post-structuralist analysis of idea, communication, and sight.

At that speed many books remain wrapped in the shadows of my awareness–I know I have looked past them and I know they are there, but I refuse to call them to mind. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing

On Violence Hannah Arendt. In order to set up a list of libraries that you have access to, you must first login or sign up. I would recommend this book to poets, artists, and even priests His discussion of the meaning and even language we find writ in the human face is powerful. A superb piece of interdisciplinary writing, wide-ranging and intimate.


It would have been interesting to see this question explore gendered seeing more in depth. May 16, Rebecca rated it liked it. Jun 19, Jaclyn rated it ellkins liked it.

The author, with various examples from across the world and centuries, illustrates how, even though it seems complete and seamless, our view of the world is fragmented and incomplete. Summary At first it appears that nothing could be easier than seeing.

obuect Open Preview See a Problem? Open to the public Book; Illustrated English Show 0 more libraries Objects molt and alter in accord with what we need them to be, and we change ourselves by the mere act of seeing.

There are no words for how much I disliked this book. It is difficult to understand. Apr 20, Kevin rated it really liked it Shelves: These omissions would not be so glaring if Elkins did not constantly try to find the telling in the trivial.

Quotes from The Object Stares Elkins has a cool conversational tone The sun is an eye, thd the most powerful of all.