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Does "examine[s] the work performed by the image in the life of culture" in the last line of the following text imply "examines the work performed by examining it within the culture"? Text: It also means, as some supporters put it, that it is possible to approach canonical works, those said to be invested with inherent aesthetic value, with different eyes. Instead of seeking to promote and sustain the value of “great” art by limiting discussion to the circumstances of the work’s production and to speculation about the extraordinary impulses that may have characterized the intentions of the makers, [the new approach] examine[s] the work performed by the image in the life of culture. (Bryson et al. 1994:xvi)
Oct 25, 2021 2:09 PM
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Hi Pineapple. I think what it means is that, when considering things from a postmodern perspective, we, as critics and interpreters of literature and the other arts, should seek not to invest so much importance or even any focus at all in the artist as the great creator, but, rather, analyze how images from works function within the culture at large and more generally. Roland Barthes's, "The Death of the Author" comes to mind.
October 25, 2021
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