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The Rhetoric of the Frame


  • 68 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 336 pages
  • Size: 253 x 177 mm
  • Weight: 1.089 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 701
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: N71 .R49 1996
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Art--Philosophy--Congresses
    • Art--Psychology--Congresses
    • Picture frames and framing--Congresses

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521461481 | ISBN-10: 0521461480)

  • There was also a Paperback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published October 1996

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The Rhetoric of the Frame addresses the question of the frame in the visual arts and how it influences the way we perceive artworks. Challenging Kant's characterisation of the frame as merely an external supplement, the fourteen essays in this anthology consider the frame to be an indispensable, if volatile, complement to the artwork. Inspired by Jacques Derrida's ideas on parergonality, these essays problematise 'inside/outside' polarity, articulating difference without reifying the unstable relationship between the artwork and the frame. Ranging from a study of the English country house portrait to a reading of the AIDS quilt, and from a feminist perspective on pornography and performance art to sixteenth-century map-making, these essays collectively consider the frame in its material, conceptual, ideological, gendered, and poststructural aspects.

• New essays by well known contributors • Engages critical theory • Variety of illustrations


Introduction Paul Duro; 1. The narrativity of the frame Wolfgang Kemp; 2. Posed spaces: framing in the age of the world picture John Gillies; 3. Containment and transgression in French seventeenth-century ceiling painting Paul Duro; 4. Framing hegemony: economics, luxury and family continuity in the country house portrait Shearer West; 5. The frame of representation and some of its figures Louis Marin; 6. Brain of the earth's body: museums and the framing of modernity Donald Preziosi; 7. Framing the fragment: archaeology, art, museum Wolfgang Ernst; 8. The framing of material: around Degas' Bureau de Coton Stephen Bann; 9. Frames within frames: on Matisse and 'the Orient' Deepak Anath; 10. The witness in the errings of contemporary art Jonathan Bordo; 11. In and around the 'Second Frame' John C. Welchman; 12. Interpreting feminist bodies: the unframeability of desire Amelia Jones; 13. Leaving nothing to imagination: obscenity and postmodern subjectivity Jill Bennett; 14. Postmonumentality: frame, grid, space, quilt Rico Franses.


Paul Duro, Wolfgang Kemp, John Gillies, Shearer West, Louis Marin, Donald Preziosi, Wolfgang Ernst, Stephen Bann, Deepak Anath, Jonathan Bordo, John C. Welchman, Amelia Jones, Jill Bennett, Rico Franses

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