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Staring : how we look

Author: Rosemarie Garland Thomson
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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Drawing on examples from art, media, fashion, history and memoir, cultural critic Rosemarie Garland-Thomson tackles a basic human interaction which has remained curiously unexplored, the human stare. In the first book of its kind, Garland-Thomson defines staring, explores the factors that motivate it, and considers the targets and the effects of the stare. While borrowing from psychology and biology to help explain  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Thomson, Rosemarie Garland.
Staring.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2009
(DLC) 2008034410
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rosemarie Garland Thomson
ISBN: 0195326792 9780195326796 0195326806 9780195326802
OCLC Number: 319212759
Description: 1 online resource (x, 244 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Part 1. About Staring. Why do we stare? --
Part II. What is staring?. A physical response ; A cultural history ; A social relationship ; Knowledge gathering --
Part III. Don't stare. Regulating our looks ; Looking away, staring back --
Part V. Scenes of staring. Faces ; Hands ; Breasts ; Bodies --
Part VI. A last look. Beholding.
Responsibility: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson.

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Drawing on examples from art, media, fashion, history and memoir, cultural critic Rosemarie Garland-Thomson tackles a basic human interaction which has remained curiously unexplored, the human stare. In the first book of its kind, Garland-Thomson defines staring, explores the factors that motivate it, and considers the targets and the effects of the stare. While borrowing from psychology and biology to help explain why the impulse to stare is so powerful, she also enlarges and complicates these formulations with examples from the realm of imaginative culture. Featuring over forty illustrations, Staring captures the stimulating combination of symbolic, material and emotional factors that make staring so irresistible while endeavoring to shift the usual response to staring, shame, into an engaged self-consideration. Elegant and provocative, this unique study advances new ways of thinking about visuality and the body that will appeal to readers who are interested in the overlap between the humanities and human behaviors.

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