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More than Meets the EyeWhat Blindness Brings to Art$
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Georgina Kleege

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190604356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190604356.001.0001

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Dialogues with the Blind

Dialogues with the Blind

(p.84) 6 Dialogues with the Blind
More than Meets the Eye

Georgina Kleege

Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys literary and theoretical representations pairing blindness and visual art. Jacques Derrida observes that when visual artists depict blindness they are in fact making reference to their own artistic process. The chapter examines fiction by Rudyard Kipling, Wilkie Collins, Raymond Carver, Lorrie Moore, Hilary Norman, Paul Auster, Tracy Chevalier, and others. While many of these representations follow the contours of the Hypothetical Blind Man, some authors use depictions of blindness to posit the power of language to capture the ephemeral nature of the visual. Authors update the stock character of the blind seer to offer readers a mirror image of themselves.

Keywords:   blindness, Jacques Derridas, Paul Auster, Tracy Chevalier, Wilkie Collins

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