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Twelve Views of Manet's "Bar"


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List of IllustrationsNotes on ContributorsPrefaceIntroduction: Ascribing to Manet, Declaring the Author1Counter, Mirror, Maid: Some Infra-thin Notes on A Bar at the Folies-Bergere25Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergere as an Allegory of Nostaligia47Art History in the Mirror Stage: Interpreting A Bar at the Folies-Bergere71Le Chef d'Oeuvre (bien connu)91The Dialectics of Desire, the Narcissism of Authorship: A Male Interpretation of the Psychological Origins of Manet's Bar115On Manet's Binarism: Virgin and/or Whore at the Folies-Bergere142Looking into the Abyss: The Poetics of Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergere164Dumbshows: A Carefully Staged Indifference189Privilege and the Illusion of the Real214In Front of Manet's Bar: Subverting the "Natural"233Manet's Man Meets the Gleam of Her Gaze: A Psychoanalytic Novel250The "View from Elsewhere": Extracts from a Semi-public Correspondence about the Visibility of Desire278A Select Bibliography for Methodological Issues in Art History315

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Bradford R. Collins is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of South Carolina.


"[Twelve Views of Manet's Bar] is a fascinating glimpse into the almost infinite richness of one centrally situated work of visual art, and the evolving methodologies developed by art and cultural historians to account for its complexities of meaning."--Art History

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