Does " interactions on discursive fields" in the last line of the following text mean "interactions between discursive fields"? Text: Here, areas of study such as art history that once sought to uncover the universalistic values that defined great works of art are now engaged in disclosing how such value gets assigned to cultural artifacts—a notion now expanded to include film, video, and television—as the outcome of interactions on discursive fields constituted through power.
Oct 26, 2021 6:07 PM
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The writing does feel unresolved. I am guessing that 'between' is truly not what is meant--however nicely it pairs with 'interactions'. We can just as easily consider that maybe the preposition 'on' should stand (as somehow the discursive fields are being shaped rather than shaping each other), and so we could think of replacing 'interactions' with 'actions'. But that would beg the question of who or what is acting to dominate the discursive fields, which maybe the writing is not ready to treat at the very point of this excerpt.
October 26, 2021
I'm wondering if there is a word missing in the last part: -- as IS/IN the outcome of interactions on discursive fileds constituted trhough power. Discursive (formal) basically means rambling. To talk about diverse subjects in an unorganized way. The writer is contrasting how art history was studied in the past as compared to today's approach. If we insert one of the words I suggested above, his conclusion appears to be that this diversity of art forms (which now includes multi-media) is claiming value based on how much interaction the user has with it rather than the universal quality of the art form itself. (My interpretation could be wrong. The writer's meaning isn't exactly clear to me.)
October 26, 2021
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