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Epistemological regularities of the surface gaze in the works of Michel Foucault and Clement Greeberg

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Epistemological regularities of the surface gaze in the works of Michel Foucault and Clement Greeberg

Gallo, Peter (2004) Epistemological regularities of the surface gaze in the works of Michel Foucault and Clement Greeberg. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis explores the concept of the "surface gaze" as it appears and is developed in the works of two very different thinkers: French post-structuralist philosopher and historiographer of the human sciences Michel Foucault, and American modern art critic Clement Greenberg. The emphasis is placed on the shared epistemological determinants of the "medical gaze" as it is formulated by Foucault, and the "flat picture plane" as it is articulated by Greenberg. This will entail a thorough examination of the philosophical and, in the case of Greenberg especially, art historical traditions from which both emerge. Conclusions, supported by respective and comparative assessments of the intellectual legacies of each, are formulated from close readings of seminal texts, specifically Foucault's The Birth of the Clinic: An Archeology of Medical Perception (1963) and Greenberg's most influential writings on modern art, including "Avant-Garde and Kitsch" (1939) and "Modernist Painting" (1960)

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Gallo, Peter
Pagination:vi, 81 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Date:2004
Thesis Supervisor(s):Huneault, Kristina
ID Code:8176
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:17
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:17
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