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Drawing attention to the interplay between writing and vision, this book is stuffed with more than 200 images. It is a meditation on the threads that unite mothers and sons and the ways that certain writers and photographers take up those threads and create art that captures an irretrievable past.
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215 illustrations (32 in colour)
Carol Mavor is Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Becoming: The Photographs of Clementina, Viscountess Hawarden and Pleasures Taken: Performances of Sexuality and Loss in Victorian Photographs, both also published by Duke University Press.
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Reading Boyishly: Roland Barthes, J. M. Barrie, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Marcel Proust, and D. W. Winnicott
"It is rare for such an informative book to be so evocative, and indeed for such a wide-ranging book to be at once so subtle and so precise. Reading Boyishly allows mothers and sons to be as close as they are--as close as they somewhere know themselves to be; and allows that this relationship is an aesthetic education of astounding possibilities. Carol Mavor gives the idea of close reading a new genealogy. She has written a marvelous book."--Adam Phillips, psychoanalyst and author of Side Effects "From time to time a book comes along that totally changes the way we look at things in the humanities and does it less by manifestos than by quietly doing its work or singing its song in another voice. Anyone taking the time to look into Carol Mavor's fabulous meditation on Edwardian culture and its discontents will not have to ponder such problems as the relation of history and literature, fact and fiction, the image and the text, reading and looking, past and present, and even nature and culture in abstract, theoretical ways. Carol Mavor has first dreamed what she has then deeply studied and then dreamed it again, for her readers. This book is performed rather than merely written. And it shows how to do a new kind of cultural historiography that renders most of the theoretical questions raised by postmodernism quite moot."--Hayden White, University Professor of History of Consciousness, Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Professor of Comparative Literature, Stanford University "Reading Boyishly is as complete and mesmerizing a work of reflection on art, time, gender, and family (mothers anyhow) as I have ever seen. It is a remarkable and rare invitation to find ways to extend our nostalgia into a positive mode of being that does not close off the future at all but relocates it within desire."--James R. Kincaid, author of Erotic Innocence "My book of the year is Reading Boyishly by Carol Mavor (Duke University Press). I have never read a book like it. It's a musing, poetic work, a meditation on the boyhoods of Roland Barthes, JM Barrie, Jacques Herni Lartigue, Marcel Proust, and DW Winnicott. It sounds heavy and dry but my mind was set free to dance and flit by this thrilling mix of philosophy, photography, biography and much more. It touched something very deep in me about what it is to be a creative man." Grayson Perry, Sunday's Observer, 30th November 2008 "Reading Boyishly exemplifies the kind of aesthetic-critical writing for which Marina Warner has invented the intriguing label 'new hedonist', a term that she struck on in a TLS review of Mavor's first book, and that Mavor quotes in the first sentence of her newest book as a jumping-off point." - Jonah Corne, Modernist Cultures, Vol 7, No. 1 2012
Brand: Carol Mavor Dimensions: 20.2x14.9x4.7cm Format: Paperback Publisher: Duke University Press (13 Feb 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0822339625 ISBN-13: 9780822339625
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