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"The New Art History" provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental changes which have occurred in both the institutions and practice of art history over the last thirty years. Jonathan Harris examines and accounts for the new approaches to the study of art which have been grouped loosely under the term "the new art history." He distinguishes between these and earlier forms of "radical" or "critical" analysis, explores the influence of other disciplines and traditions on art history, and relates art historical ideas and values to social change.
Structured around an examination of key texts by major contemporary critics, including Griselda Pollock, Fred Orton, Albert Boime, Alan Wallach and Laura Mulvey, each chapter discusses a key moment in the discipline of art history, tracing the development and interaction of Marxist, feminist and psychoanalytic critical theories. Individual chapters include: Capitalist Modernity, the Nation-State and Visual Representation; Feminism, Art, and ArtHistory; Subjects, Identities and Visual Ideology; Structures and Meanings in Art and Society; and The Representation of Sexuality.

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