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Bal, Mieke 1946-

Works: 300 works in 1,123 publications in 5 languages and 29,076 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Exhibition catalogs  Meditations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, zxx, Author of introduction, Collaborator, Illustrator, Other, Redactor, Honoree, Creator, Recipient, Correspondent, Director, Dedicatee
Classifications: PN212, 709.2
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Most widely held works by Mieke Bal
Narratology : introduction to the theory of narrative by Mieke Bal( Book )

114 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since its first publication in English in 1985, Mieke Bal's Narratology has become the international classic and comprehensive introduction to the theory of narrative texts. Narratology is a systematic account of narrative techniques, methods, their transmission, and reception, in which Bal distills years of study of the ways in which we understand both literary and non-literary works. In this third edition, Bal updates the book to include more analysis of film narratives while also sharpening and tightening her language to make it the most readable and student-friendly edition to date. Bal also introduces new sections that treat and clarify several modernist texts that pose narratological challenges. With changes prompted by ten years of feedback from scholars and teachers, Narratology remains the most important contribution to the study of the way narratives work, are formed, and are received
The Artemisia files : Artemisia Gentileschi for feminists and other thinking people( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An early icon of feminist art history, the work of Artemisia Gentileschi has been largely obscured by the sensational details of her life. In this volume the contributors attempt to give a more balanced view & to approach a genuine appreciation of Artemisia's considerable artistic talents
Lethal love : feminist literary readings of biblical love stories by Mieke Bal( Book )

16 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quoting Caravaggio : contemporary art, preposterous history by Mieke Bal( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bal investigates not only the great seventeenth-century painter, but also the issue of temporality in art. A rigorous, rewarding work that is at once a mediation on creative history and Caravaggio as well as a brilliant critical exposition of current artistic representation and practice
Reading "Rembrandt" : beyond the word-image opposition : the Northrop Frye lectures in literary theory by Mieke Bal( Book )

31 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Take your time : Olafur Eliasson by Ólafur Elíasson( Book )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the art of Olafur Eliasson, the sun can rise inside a museum and rainbows can appear indoors. His immersive installations explore the intersection of nature and artifice, transforming ordinary spaces into sites of wonder and spectacle. From kaleidoscopes to waterfalls to mirrored passageways, the projects invite the viewer's active participation while passing provocative questions about the workings of human perception. Published in conjunction with a major survey organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this catalogue presents a series of original essays investigating the complex origins and implications of Eliasson's practice. More than two hundred color reproductions offer a rich overview of his most significant artworks from 1990 to the present."--Jacket
The mottled screen : reading Proust visually by Mieke Bal( Book )

21 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in French and English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mottled Screen studies a great literary work that cannot be confined to language alone, even though it consists exclusively of words: Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. The author offers a sustained "visual" reading of Proust's masterpiece, pointing out its visual strategies of representation, fantasy, and poetic thought. Beginning with the attempts to emulate painting, the book develops a Proust a la Chardin, working around Chardin's painting The Skate, but only after first reading Chardin through Proust. The second part of the book is devoted to Proust's use of optical instruments - such as the magnifying glass, the eyeglass, the telescope - to produce or enhance the visions that constitute the raw material of his poetic imagination. The final part reads the specifically "photographic" writing that permeates Remembrance as a highly original and astonishingly contemporary, almost postmodern, poetics
The practice of cultural analysis : exposing interdisciplinary interpretation( Book )

17 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume presents an interdisciplinary approach to humanistic scholarship, one that can be situated somewhere between cultural studies and cultural history while being more specific than either. Cultural analysis as a critical practice is based on a keen awareness of the critic's situatedness in the present - the social and cultural present from which we look, and look back, at objects that are already of the past, objects that we take to define our present culture. Thus it can be summarized by the phrase "cultural memory in the present." Far from being indifferent to history, cultural analysis is devoted to understanding the past as part of the present, as what we have around us." "The essays gathered here represent the current state of an emerging field of inquiry. At the same time, they suggest to the larger academic world what cultural analysis can and should do, or be, as an interdisciplinary practice. The challenge for this volume is to counter the common assumption that interdisciplinarity makes the object of inquiry vague and the methodology muddled. In meeting that challenge, it offers close textual and visual readings of subjects ranging from Vermeer to abstract expressionism, from the Book of Rutl to Djuna Barnes's Nightwood, from the history of cinema to popular culture in Zaire."--Jacket
Louise Bourgeois' Spider : the architecture of art-writing by Mieke Bal( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and Spanish and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The sculptor Louise Bourgeois is best known for her monumental abstract sculptures, one of the most striking of which is the installation Spider (1997). Too vast in scale to be viewed all at once, this elusive structure resists simple narration. It fits no genre and all of them - architecture, sculpture, installation. Its contents and associations evoke social issues without being reducible to any one of them. Here, literary critic and theorist Mieke Bal presents the work as a theoretical object, one that can teach us how to think, speak, and write about art." "Bal argues that art must be understood in relation to the present time of viewing as opposed to the less-immediate contexts of what has preceded the viewing, such as the historical past of influences and art movements, biography, and interpretation. In ten short chapters, or "takes," Bal demonstrates that the closer the engagement with the work of art, the more adequate the result of the analysis. She also confronts issues of biography and autobiography - key themes in Bourgeois' work - and evaluates the consequences of "ahistorical" experiences for art criticism, drawing on diverse sources such as Bernini, Benjamin, and Eisenstein." "This book offers both a theoretical model for analyzing art "out of context" and a meditation on a key work by one of the most engaging artists of our era."--Jacket
Acts of memory : cultural recall in the present( Book )

14 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Murder and difference : gender, genre, and scholarship on Sisera's death by Mieke Bal( Book )

19 editions published between 1987 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death & dissymmetry : the politics of coherence in the Book of Judges by Mieke Bal( Book )

9 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chicago studies in the history of Judaism
Of what one cannot speak : Doris Salcedo's political art by Mieke Bal( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Doris Salcedo, a Colombian-born artist, addresses h the politics of memory and forgetting in work that embraces fraught situations in dangerous places. Noted critic and theorist Mieke Bal narrates between the disciplines of contemporary culture in order to boldly reimagine the role of the visual arts. Both women are pathbreaking figures, globally renowned and widely respected. Doris Salcedo, meet Mieke Bal
Looking in : the art of viewing by Mieke Bal( Book )

33 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company
Double exposures : the subject of cultural analysis by Mieke Bal( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Onderzoek naar dubbelzinnigheden die gepaard gaan met iets tentoonstellen.Door te kijken naar verschillende manieren van tentoonstellen o.a museumexposities, verhalen, schilderijen wordt het effect van het tentoonstellen geanalyseerd
Travelling concepts in the humanities : a rough guide by Mieke Bal( Book )

24 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Attempting to bridge the gap between specialised scholarship in the humanistic disciplines and an interdisciplinary project of cultural analysis, Mieke Bal has written an intellectual travel guide that charts the course 'beyond' cultural studies. As with any guide, it can be used in a number of ways and the reader can follow or willfully ignore any of the paths it maps or signposts. Bal's focus for this book is the idea that interdisciplinarity in the humanities - necessary, exciting, serious - must seek its heuristic and methodological basis in concepts rather than its methods. Concepts are not grids to put over an object. The counterpart of any given concept is the cultural text or work or 'thing' that constitutes the object of analysis. No concept is meaningful for cultural analysis unless it helps us to understand the object better on its own terms. -- Description from (April 20, 2012)
Anti-covenant : counter-reading women's lives in the Hebrew Bible by Mieke Bal( Book )

15 editions published between 1989 and 1997 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors discuss the importance and interpretations of the Bible and make close readings of biblical texts. The readings are based on feminist thought and on narratology. The interaction between text and readership is emphasized
Loving Yusuf : conceptual travels from present to past by Mieke Bal( Book )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mieke Bal began to muse and write about the story of the alleged seduction of Joseph by Potiphar's wife in the late 1980s. In this book she has recycled and expanded this early material into an argument about how to study cultural material. She juxtaposes retellings of the text - in the Qur'an, the art of Rembrandt, and the prose of Thomas Mann and others - to ask how these different versions complicate her own and others' experience of the story, and how the different truths of these texts in their respective traditions illuminate the process of canonization
Uncertain territories : boundaries in cultural analysis by Inge E Boer( Book )

11 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tracing and theorizing the concept of boundaries through literary works, visual objects and cultural phenomena, this book argues against the reification of boundaries as fixed and empty non-spaces that divide the world. The contributors elaborate on Boer's theme of boundaries as spaces where opposition yields to negotiation. Their analyses span diverse artefacts and media, ranging from literature to photography, to art installation and presentation, film and song. Fanning out from Boer's central focus - Orientalism - to other places of contestation, boundaries are described to mediate the relationship between self and other
Art and visibility in migratory culture : conflict resistance, and agency by Mieke Bal( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores the idea that art can enact small-scale resistances against the status quo in the social domain. These acts, which we call "little resistances," determine the limited yet potentially powerful political impact of art. From different angles, seventeen authors consider the spaces where art events occur as "political spaces," and explore how such spaces host events of disagreements in migratory culture. The newly coined word "migratory" refers to the sensate traces of the movements of migration that characterize contemporary culture. In other words, movement is not an exceptional occurrence in an otherwise stable world, but a normal, generalized process in a world that cannot be grasped in terms of any given notion of stability. Thus the book offers fresh reflections on art's power to move people, in the double sense of that verb, and shows how it helps to illuminate migratory culture's contributions to this process
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Narratology : introduction to the theory of narrative
Alternative Names
Bal, Maria G. 1946-

Bal, Maria Gertrudis

Bal, Maria Gertrudis 1946-

Bal, Mieke

Bal, Mieke G. 1946-

Bal, Mieke Gertrudis 1946-

Mieke Bal American art historian

Mieke Bal docente e artista olandese

Mieke Bal Nederlands kunsthistorica

Mieke Bal niederländische Literaturwissenschaftlerin und Kunsthistorikerin

Mieke Bal teórica de la literatura, historiadora del arte y de la historia de la cultura

Мике Бал

Міке Баль

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The Artemisia files : Artemisia Gentileschi for feminists and other thinking peopleLethal love : feminist literary readings of biblical love storiesQuoting Caravaggio : contemporary art, preposterous historyReading "Rembrandt" : beyond the word-image opposition : the Northrop Frye lectures in literary theoryTake your time : Olafur EliassonThe mottled screen : reading Proust visuallyThe practice of cultural analysis : exposing interdisciplinary interpretationLouise Bourgeois' Spider : the architecture of art-writing