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Practice of Persuasion: Paradox and Power in Art History

by Keith Moxey Cornell University Press
Pub Date:
12/2000
ISBN:
9780801486753
Format:
Pbk 160 pages
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This sequel to The Practice of Theory stresses the continued need for self-reflective awareness in art historical writing. Offering a series of meditations on the discipline of art history in the context of contemporary critical theory, Moxey addresses such central issues as the status of the canon, the nature of aesthetic value, and the character of historical knowledge. The chapters are linked by a common interest in, even fascination with, the paradoxical power of narrative and the identity of the authorial voice. Moxey maintains that art history is a rhetoric of persuasion rather than a discourse of truth. Each chapter in The Practice of Persuasion attempts to demonstrate the paradoxes inherent in a genre that--while committed to representing the past--must inevitably bear the imprint of the present. In Moxey's view, art history as a discipline is often unable to recognize its status as a regime of truth that produces historically determined meanings and so continues to act as if based on a universal aesthetic foundation. His new book should enable art historians to engage with the past in a manner less determined by tradition and more responsive to contemporary values and aspirations.
''Always provocative, Keith Moxey's work seeks to press at the vulnerable center of art history. In The Practice of Persuasion, Moxey marries a historiography of art history with a suggestive approach to art history writing to create a valuable, thought-provoking, and highly original book.''-Catherine M. Soussloff, University of California at Santa Cruz
Keith Moxey is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University. He is the author of The Practice of Theory: Poststructuralism, Cultural Politics, and Art History, also from Cornell, and Peasants, Warriors, and Wives: Popular Imagery in the Reformation.

Keith Moxey is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University. He is the author of The Practice of Theory: Poststructuralism, Cultural Politics, and Art History, also from Cornell, and Peasants, Warriors, and Wives: Popular Imagery in the Reformation.