Dorothy Z. Baker

Dorothy Z. Baker is professor emerita of the University of Houston, the author of Mythic Masks in Self-Reflexive Poetry and America’s Gothic Fiction and the editor of Poetics in the Poem and The Silent and Soft Communion. She has translated the poetry of Pierre Reverdy and Armand Robin.

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The Madness of Vision · On Baroque Aesthetics
By Christine Buci-Glucksmann · Translation by Dorothy Z. Baker

Christine Buci-Glucksmann’s The Madness of Vision is one of the most influential studies in phenomenological aesthetics of the baroque. Integrating the work of Merleau-Ponty with Lacanian psychoanalysis, Renaissance studies in optics, and twentieth-century mathematics, the author asserts the materiality of the body and world in her aesthetic theory. All vision is embodied vision, with the body and the emotions continually at play on the visual field.