2) Although fictional visuality
at the fin-de-siecle is undoubtedly marked by the technological context of photography, the camera obscura analogy for human knowledge owes its power at this time less to a secondary machine than to the physiology of the human eye itself.
The focus is rather on larger claims concerning the necessarily fragile, even self-subverting consolidation of a unified subject around structures of visuality
during the era that saw, along with the efflorescence of the theater, the emergence of linear perspective and other mastering optical technologies.
In other words, to see this interrelation we must come to a fuller understanding of the importance of visuality
In the past few years there has been an emerging interest in the questions of visuality
from the aspect of Cultural Studies.
Of course, it could be argued that recent work that treats explicitly seeing, visuality
, and ocularity is itself refreshing because it unpackages and explains the way that visuality
become so dominant in the West by detailing the rise of print culture, the advent of scientific and technological instruments that empowered the eye, and Enlightenment quests for visualist perspective and balance.
The only critic to give extended attention to the focus on visuality
in Petry's text is Andrews, whose discussions of acts of looking are framed in terms of his very general argument regarding "the powerful physical way in which the city assaults the characters' senses through concrete detail" (199).
With multiple disruptions of continuity, Cistern Tawdry is a story that creates meaning through visuality
, fragmentation, collage, witty wordplay, and humor, as well as narration.
But if monuments "were dangerous through their visuality
, such danger was contained by their setting within the hierarchies of order and the male rhetoric of heraldry, lineage, and the word" (242-3).
Scholars have assumed that one need only render whiteness corporeal--visible--to generate an oppositional critique, but in McKee's view, reversing the visual signs of race means nothing in the absence of a critique of the very system of visuality
that structures and orders those signs in the first place.
Her approach centers on exploring two interrelated aspects of pilgrimage: travel, and how it was understood on different levels in antiquity; and visuality
, not just seeing but what was seen--especially the faces of the holy people.
Catastrophe can be seen as Beckett's most extreme example of visuality
in drama and--being a self-parody--also as his most explicit utterance regarding the primacy of visuality
SARA REES CardiffOculus Rex: Intimate Distance in an Age of Extended Visuality
Rees' trans-disciplinary practice concerns the poetics and politics of space - investigating history, memory and consciousness in relation to place.