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The Art of the Real: Visual Studies and New Materialisms

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ISBN: 9781443876537
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Format: Hardcover
Year: 2015
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Dimensions: 148 x 0 x 212 (w x l x h)
Pages: 195

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Art of the Real is devoted to registering the materialist turn of contemporary theory in visual studies. For many years, visual studies was dominated by post-structuralist theory and its attendant nominalism. More recently, however, the materialism of Slavoj Zizek, the realism of Gilles Deleuze, especially as imputed by Manuel de Landa, and Alain Badiou has disrupted this status quo. Today, we are more likely to take for granted the relevance of biology and the natural sciences, while the return of Marx has been more serious than countenanced by Derrida or Foucault. This book considers visual studies and the questions that have led to the new materialism, its ontology and its relation to contemporary politics. While a good deal of work has promoted a materialist agenda at the same time that scholars in art history and visual studies have felt liberated by the call to attend to objects, materials and 'materiality,' no publication has yet treated this move for its meta-theoretical commitments.
This volume does this by addressing the conditions that have brought about the turn to materiality, the ontological commitments that follow on from new materialist metaphysics, and the political implications wrought by these commitments.

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