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Mo Dawley
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Art Research Guide
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Environment: A Multidisciplinary Research Guide

Cameo and WorldCat Search Tips for Critical Studies

  • If you know the name of a person simply search the person's name: Theodor Adorno, Lucy Lippard, Rosalind Krauss, etc.
  • Link to suggested booklists and theorists in this guide.
  • Try suggested vocabulary in the table below and/or mix and match. Stay simple.
  • Consult Artwords: A Glossary of Contemporary Art Theory  for a list of more vocabulary used for critical studies.
  • Look for author and topic hotlinks in items that you find in Cameo and WorldCat that may lead you to other pertinent materials.

 

Theory
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aesthetics
art criticism
critical theory
criticism
cultural studies
discourse analysis
gender theory
historiography

literary theory
Marxism
modernism

multiculturalism
phenomenology

object philosophy
philosophy
postcolonial discourse
postmodernism
poststructuralism

psychoanalytic criticism
rhetoric
semantics
semiotics

socialism
theory

Media
art

arts
cinema
film

media
mass media
digital media
painting
photography
advertising
music
sound, etc.


 

Topics
abjection
avant-garde
censorship
criticism
culture

digital
dystopia
ethics
feminism
gender

history
iconoclasm
imagination

literary

Merz
nature
politics
psychoanalysis
religion
science
sociology
society

state

systems


systems aesthetics

system(s) theory
     
time
utopia
technology, etc.

Geography/Culture
United States

American
Europe
European

Africa
African, etc.

Time period or movement
17th century
18th century
19th century
20th century
21st century
Renaissance
Baroque
French Revolution
Romanticism
Impressionism
Post-Impressionism
Primitivism
Cubism
Dada

Surrealism
Futurism
Symbolism
Realism
Modern, etc.