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The Question of Painting: Re-thinking Thought with Merleau-Ponty

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2019.10.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jorella Andrews, The Question of Painting: Re-thinking Thought with Merleau-Ponty, Bloomsbury, 2019, 344pp., $114.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472574282. Reviewed by Jessica Wiskus, Duquesne University  What the reader ought to do, after turning the final page of this book, is pause, reflect, and open it again, back at the beginning. For it is only at the very end of the book that Jorella Andrews suggests what it is that she has been doing all along: composing a treatise (in Benjamin's sense) -- a non-didactic work in which the aim is never to directly express its claims; proceeding "by means of digression" and presenting contrasting analyses from "authoritative" scholars, the treatise inspires a "disjunctive" mode of contemplation (250-251). Andrews tells us that Benjamin likens the treatise to a mosaic, and her point here is that the mosaic, as a work made of fragments, relies upon the participating viewer to... Read More

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