Moving deftly among literary and visual arts, as well as the
modern critical canon, Christopher Prendergast's book explores the
meaning and value of representation as both a philosophical
challenge (What does it mean to create an image that "stands for"
something absent?) and a political issue (Who has the right to
The Triangle of Representation raises a range of
theoretical, historical, and aesthetic questions, and offers subtle
readings of such cultural critics as Raymond Williams, Paul de Man,
Edward Said, Walter Benjamin, and Hélène Cixous, in addition to
penetrating investigations of visual artists like Gros, Ingres, and
Matisse and significant insights into Proust and the onus of
translating him. Above all, Prendergast's work is a striking
display of how a firm grounding in theory is essential for the
exploration of art and literature.
Subjects: Language & Literature, Art & Art History, Philosophy
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