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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Each book has its character, and even books I know very well also have this kind of wordless hack. These 2 locations in South Australia: Lectures on Literature Fredson Bowers. In The Object Stares Back, Elkins will change the way you see the world, and pretty much blow your mind. Apr 24, Ben rated it really liked it.

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Feb 10, Anda rated it liked it Shelves: A book well worth your time If you’re remotely interested.

It definitly has those elements, but falls far short of being as challenging as some of the books and thinkers if refrences. Using drawings, paintings, diagrams and photographs to illustrate his points, Elkins raises intriguing questions and offers astonishing perceptions about the nature of vision.


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Object Stares Back

State Library of South Jamrs. Certain parts of it hit me more than others. Most fascinating is how Elkins argues that blindness is attendant to seeing. Like chimpanzees masturbating to porn or getting turned on by drawing.

Open to the public ; BF An old college text will elicit a pang of unhappiness about studying.

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I might loan it to someone if they’re curious about vision but don’t know where to s This might be a good complementry text for a level college course on a lot of things, but it wasen’t the phenomenology of vision or the neurological study of it I was hoping for. Apr 20, Kevin rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This is a book that questions the processes involved in seeing and understanding.

View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Simply put, this book is incredible, stqres makes you think about all the vision you have and all that you take for granted.

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Moreover, since neurology and neuropsycology are such fast moving fields now, the book could stand an update. Slog thr A very thought-provoking book, that I promise will leave you wondering and thinking about what you see–and don’t see–in your everyday environment. Apr 15, Anna rated it really liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The Object Stares Back. The world is flooded with light, and atares is available to be seen.

Though he forms his ideas from medical and psychological facts as well as much philosophy, John Elkins is frequently loftily intellectual in his writing in an incredibly thoughtful way.

hack Nothing could be less in need of explanation. Jun 19, Jaclyn rated it really liked it. See 1 question about The Object Stares Backā€¦. Jan 16, Abner Rosenweig rated it really liked it. I also found good insights in the discussion of what we can’t see and the description of drawing as a manifestation of blindness or partial blindness.

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