Illustration - J. (Joseph) Hillis MillerLondon: Reaktion Books, 1992, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates; References;
From the cover: “Turning first to the rapid development and expansion over the last few years of Cultural Studies, J. Hillis Miller eloquently analyses their goals and methods within the context of recent social, political and technological changes. He finds that since the objects under scrutiny in Cultural Studies are often multimedia works (such as film and TV, illustrated books and advertising posters), new techniques are required for their reading. Development of such techniques is the major responsibility of Cultural Studies.
Works of art make culture, and in a tour de force Miller selects a range of artworks that involve interplay of word and image, and exemplifies the positions taken in the discussion of Cultural Studies. Holbein’s woodcuts of The Dance of Death, Phiz’s etchings for Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers and the powerful solar imagery in Turner’s later paintings are among the works of art that -along with the insights of writers and thinkers such as Goethe, Ruskin, Twain, Henry James, Benjamin and Heidegger — Miller employs to argue on behalf of the worth of art works and the status of reading.”