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Didi-Huberman and the Image$
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Chari Larsson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526149268

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526149275

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(p.1) Introduction
(p.iii) Didi-Huberman and the image

Chari Larsson

Manchester University Press

The introduction establishes a chronological overview and introduces readers to Didi-Huberman’s most important texts by mapping the evolution of his intellectual development through the decades. The reader is introduced to the book’s core argument: Didi-Huberman emerges from the general critique of representation that was underway in France during the 1970s and 1980s. Didi-Huberman’s aim is to develop an alternative philosophical framework for understanding images, in turn disrupting an art-historical tradition that stretches back to Plato. Specifically, this is the idealism that underpins mimesis. In its broadest sense, idealism privileges the notion that ideas are primary, while non-ideas, such as physical and material things, are secondary.

Keywords:   Historiography, Poststructuralism, French art history, Image theory, Visual culture, Representation, Mimesis, Imitation

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