discourse analysis

(Gillian Rose, Visual Methodologies- An Introduction to Researching with Visual Materials (London: Sage Publications, 2006), Chapters 7 and 8)

The term “discourse” is quite complex in my mind: I did not come across a specific definition as to its meaning and at the same time there are so many different parameters that constitute this term, which change constantly . Given this I tried to follow Caroline’s suggestion to read the text with an open mind. So I did not go into extreme analysis of the terminology and theories outlined in the texts but tried to get a broader understanding as to the parameters/factors/influences/policies/strategies that might affect the audience’s approach to art/what is art/what the audience accepts as art or as “good” art. The following are just a few notes from my reading:

  • discourse/ a knowledge about the world which shapes how the world is understood (Foucault)
  • discourse in art/ 19th century/high culture
  • visuality as a sort of discourse
  • discursive formation/ the way meanings are connected together in a particular discourse/images of women depend on forms of masculine seeing
  • power & knowledge/ they imply one another
  • regime of truth
  • discourse and sources serving as starting point for my own research/ read other researchers/ use verbal material (interviews)/ what brings a intertextual research to an end is the feeling that you have enough material to persuasively explore its intriguing aspects.
  • Panofsky/ the comparison of visual images and text/ the Arnolfini example/ to understand secondary meanings in a work: familiarity with verbal and written texts and common sense
  • rhetorical organisation of discourse: (1) look at sources with fresh eyes, (2) immerse in the sources,  (3) identify key themes, (4) examining effects of truth, (5) paying attention to their complexity and contradictions, (6) looking for the visible as well as the invisible, (7) paying attention to details
  • a statement coming from a source endowed with authority is likely to be more productive than one coming from a marginalized social position.
  • institutions and discourse/ panopticon/ surveillance/ institutional technologies/architecture/internal layout/ methods of display/ textual interpretation-explanation/

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