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The desire to see: Western iconoclasm and the return of the empty image


2003 2003

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Abstract (summary)

Taking as a guiding thread the idea of absence or emptiness as a constitutive trait of all images, this dissertation reviews how this idea has been defended or ignored throughout diverse iconoclast moments in Western Christian civilization, focusing on the possible consequences that the basculating movement of acceptance-rejection of the image's emptiness might have for contemporary approaches to the image. The iconoclast debate from the eighth century, and the works of Freud and Lacan will be used as paradigmatic moments to penetrate into the difficult relationship man has had with images and the imaginary throughout an extended period of Western Christian history.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Art History;
Philosophy;
Religion
Classification
0377: Art History
0422: Philosophy
0322: Religion
0322: Philosophy
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology, Communication and the arts, Christian, Empty image, Iconoclasm, Imaginary, Visual culture
Title
The desire to see: Western iconoclasm and the return of the empty image
Author
Martinez-Ramos, Dora E.
Number of pages
280
Publication year
2003
Degree date
2003
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 64/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Chang, Briankle G.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3110529
ProQuest document ID
305321842
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305321842
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