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Real Likenesses: Representation in Paintings, Photographs, and Novels

Michael Morris


This book offers a new approach to artistic representation, worked out in detail for the cases of paintings, photographs, and novels. It presents a paradox in the case of each of the three art forms, and argues for a thesis (the Non-Distraction Thesis) about the relation between medium and content. It then argues that the dominant theories of representation in the three art forms are incompatible with that thesis. Fresh light is thereby cast on familiar topics: the supposed phenomenon of ‘twofoldedness’, in the case of paintings; the alleged ‘transparency’ of photographs; the ‘paradox of ficti ... More

Keywords: Representation, painting, photograph, fiction, twofoldedness, medium, content, imagination, illusion, transparency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198861751
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198861751.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Morris, author
University of Sussex

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