Downcast Eyes: The Denigration of Vision in Twentieth-Century French Thought

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Scopic regimes of modernity M Jay na , From consideration of French Impressionism to analysis of Georges Bataille and the Surrealists, Roland Barthes's writings on photography, and the film theory of Christian Metz, Jay provides lucid and fair-minded accounts of thinkers and ideas widely known for their difficulty. His book examines the myriad links between the interrogation of vision and the pervasive antihumanist, antimodernist, and counter-enlightenment tenor of much recent French thought. Refusing, however, to defend the dominant visual order, he calls instead for a plurality of "scopic regimes.

Downcast Eyes The Denigration of Vision in Twentieth Century French Thought

Books Digital Products Journals. About the Book Long considered "the noblest of the senses," vision has increasingly come under critical scrutiny by a wide range of thinkers who question its dominance in Western culture.

Reviews "A valuable book. The most powerful effect of Jay's study is to convey how beliefs about the eye and 'the gaze' as Sartre called the objectifying vision of strangers found coherent views about human self-understanding and political analysis. Jay's magisterial history is essential reading for anyone trying to bring the intellectual life o f the twentieth century into focus.


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