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The Rhetoric of Perspective
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Hanneke Grootenboer is lecturer in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.

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"A remarkable book. The Rhetoric of Perspective is one of the soundest pieces of post-structuralist writing that the discipline has produced. The prose is lucid and crisp and, at times, poetic. Grootenboer's reading of these paintings generates a striking argument about perspective with implications far beyond the seventeenth-century Dutch field, indeed beyond disciplines of art history."--Christopher S. Wood, Yale University
"A fresh turn with the thoughts and methods of Heidegger, Pascal, Barthes, Lacan, and Merleau-Ponty . . . . Tightly focused and yet broadly significant, The Rhetoric of Perspective represents a bold act of 'historiographic experimentation'. . . . Admirably, the book enacts some of the very traits of its subject -- moderation, modesty, and restraint--about specific images that in turn generate a persuasive clarity about greater ideas. Grootenboer advances, in a sterling exposition, the worthy project of understanding the genre of still life. . . . A book respectable in every detail."-- (06/01/2006)

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