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The Sacred Gaze By David Morgan

The Sacred Gaze

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Explores how viewers absorb and process religious imagery and how their experience contributes to the social, intellectual, and perceptual construction of reality. This book discusses religious functions of images and the tools that viewers use to interpret them.
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The Sacred Gaze: Religious Visual Culture in Theory and Practice by David Morgan

'Sacred gaze' denotes any way of seeing that invests its object - an image, a person, a time, a place - with spiritual significance. Drawing from many different fields, David Morgan investigates key aspects of vision and imagery in a variety of religious traditions. His lively, innovative book explores how viewers absorb and process religious imagery and how their experience contributes to the social, intellectual, and perceptual construction of reality. Ranging widely from thirteenth-century Japan and eighteenth-century Tibet to contemporary America, Thailand, and Africa, "The Sacred Gaze" discusses the religious functions of images and the tools viewers use to interpret them. Morgan questions how fear and disgust of images relate to one another and explains how scholars study the long and evolving histories of images as they pass from culture to culture. An intriguing strand of the narrative details how images have helped to shape popular conceptions of gender and masculinity. The opening chapter considers definitions of 'visual culture' and how these relate to the traditional practice of art history. Amply illustrated with more than seventy images from diverse religious traditions, this masterful interdisciplinary study provides a comprehensive and accessible resource for everyone interested in how religious images and visual practice order space and time, communicate with the transcendent, and embody forms of communion with the divine. "The Sacred Gaze" is a vital introduction to the study of the visual culture of religions.

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The Sacred Gaze Reviews


"The Sacred Gaze is of fundamental importance for the relations between images and religious belief, and is a major contribution to the burgeoning field of visual studies. Morgan's wide-ranging book moves from the contested status of images between cultures, to the history of current American attitudes towards them. A notable achievement." - David Freedberg, author of The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response"

About David Morgan


David Morgan is the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Professor in Christianity and the Arts, and Professor of Humanities and Art History in Christ College, Valparaiso University. He is author of several books, including Visual Piety (California, 1998) and Protestants and Pictures (1999), and coeditor with Sally M. Promey of The Visual Culture of American Religions (California, 2001).

Table of Contents


Contents List of Illustrations Preface Introduction I. Questions and Definitions 1. Defining Visual Culture 2. Visual Practice and the Function of Images 3. The Covenant with Images II. Images Between Cultures 4. The Violence of Seeing: Idolatry and Iconoclasm 5. The Circulation of Images in Mission History III. The Social Life of Pictures 6. Engendering Vision: Absent Fathers and Women with Beards 7. National Icons: Bibles, Flags, and Jesus in American Civil Religion Conclusion Notes Select Bibliography Index

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GOR010597638
The Sacred Gaze: Religious Visual Culture in Theory and Practice by David Morgan
David Morgan
Used - Like New
Paperback
University of California Press
2005-05-10
333
0520243064
9780520243064
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.