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The Enigmatic Body
Essays on the Arts

Part of Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism

Paul Smith, Jean-Louis Schefer
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  • Date Published: November 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521378253

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  • The Enigmatic Body presents the work of an important French theorist. The selection represents the whole of Jean-Louis Schefer's career, from the 1960s, when he was influenced by structuralism, to his more lyrical and autobiographical essays of the 1990s, which meditate on the role of the spectator in relation to art practice. Schefer considers the very nature of art, film and writing through his close examination of artists as diverse as Uccello, Poussin and Cy Twombly, and writers such as Paul Valéry and Roland Barthes. These provocative essays all register the writer's direct confrontation with these various media in a way that stands as a corrective to the formal traditions of interpretation and criticism. Autobiographical, yet theoretically informed and historically detailed, Schefer's work offers some of the most original interpretations of art available.

    • First English-language collection covering whole of Schefer's career
    • Includes introduction by the translator and explanatory forewords to each essay
    • The illuminating foreword by Schefer himself was written specially for this collection
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    • Date Published: November 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521378253
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Paul Smith
    Foreword Jean-Louis Schefer
    1. Split Colour/Blur
    2. On the object of figuration
    3. Thanatography/skiagraphy
    4. The plague
    5. Light and its prey
    6. Someone writing
    7. Roland Barthes
    8. Cinema
    9. On La Jetée
    10. Cy Twombly: uncertainty principle
    11. What are red things?
    Notes
    Selected bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Jean-Louis Schefer

    Editor

    Paul Smith

    Contributors

    Paul Smith, Jean-Louis Schefer

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