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The Embodied Eye

Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling

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The Embodied Eye by David Morgan
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David Morgan builds on his previous groundbreaking work to offer this new, systematically integrated theory of the study of religion as visual culture. Providing key tools for scholars across disciplines studying the materiality of religions, Morgan gives an accessibly written theoretical overview including case studies of the ways seeing is related to touching, hearing, feeling, and such ephemeral experiences as dreams, imagination, and visions. The case studies explore both the high and low of religious visual culture: Catholic traditions of the erotic Sacred Heart of Jesus, the unrecognizability of the Virgin in the Fatima apparitions, the prehistory of Warner Sallman's face of Jesus, and more. Basing the study of religious images and visual practices in the relationship between seeing and the senses, Morgan argues against reductionist models of "the gaze", demonstrating that vision is not something that occurs in abstraction, but is a fundamental way of embodying the human self.

Author Biography

David Morgan is Professor of Religion at Duke University. He is the author of several books, including The Sacred Gaze: Religious Visual Culture in Theory and Practice and Visual Piety (both from UC Press).
Release date NZ
February 7th, 2012
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Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
50 b-w photographs
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
280
Dimensions
152x229x20
ISBN-13
9780520272231
Product ID
18510559

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