Sunday, February 15, 2009

No iconophobia for me

I Interlibrary Loaned this book called Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Religious Images, which looked promising, but it's turning out to be more of a flipper. I learned that the famous paintings of the Head of Jesus, the Lord is My Shepherd, and Jesus Knocking at the Door were all done by the same guy, which surprised me. And I enjoy the use of the word "iconophobia."

However, the author says things like "I take the notion of 'commemoration' from the Foucauldian critique of such historiography" (p. 213). Really? Must you? I had hoped my days of hearing about the Foucauldian were behind me...

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