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1. Bickis, Heidi L J. Social Theory Encounters Lines and Bodies: Engaging with the Visual Art of Betty Goodwin, Julie Mehretu, Guillermo Kuitca and Juan Munoz.

Degree: PhD, Department of Sociology, 2014, University of Alberta

This dissertation examines the lines in the work of four contemporary artists – Betty Goodwin, Julie Mehretu, Guillermo Kuitca and Juan Muñoz – and explores how these lines invite a particular kind of embodied viewing. Through this analysis of visual art and my own bodily engagements with the exhibited works, the dissertation reflects on how these art encounters encourage social theorists to consider lines and outlines as a potentially rich new vocabulary for theorizing bodies and embodiment. I focus on how the artworks draw out a “lineliness”; that is, the non-depictive and non-signifying quality of lines and their affective charges. Following Jean-François Lyotard, I emphasize the importance of line as line, before it becomes part of a signifier or form. I also examine the intangible and invisible lines that create bodily boundaries and forms (i.e. the shape, affective or physical, a body might take). The dissertation demonstrates that lines offer a crucial conceptual contribution to social theory and in particular to analyses of the fluid, uncontained and indeterminate aspects of bodies. Moreover, it illustrates the value of contemporary visual art for social researchers.

Subjects/Keywords: Guillermo Kuitca; Julie Mehretu; Juan Munoz; bodies; Betty Goodwin; lines; visual art; Jean-Francois Lyotard

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APA (6th Edition):

Bickis, H. L. J. (2014). Social Theory Encounters Lines and Bodies: Engaging with the Visual Art of Betty Goodwin, Julie Mehretu, Guillermo Kuitca and Juan Munoz. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Alberta. Retrieved from https://era.library.ualberta.ca/files/ff3655567

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Bickis, Heidi L J. “Social Theory Encounters Lines and Bodies: Engaging with the Visual Art of Betty Goodwin, Julie Mehretu, Guillermo Kuitca and Juan Munoz.” 2014. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Alberta. Accessed October 21, 2019. https://era.library.ualberta.ca/files/ff3655567.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Bickis, Heidi L J. “Social Theory Encounters Lines and Bodies: Engaging with the Visual Art of Betty Goodwin, Julie Mehretu, Guillermo Kuitca and Juan Munoz.” 2014. Web. 21 Oct 2019.

Vancouver:

Bickis HLJ. Social Theory Encounters Lines and Bodies: Engaging with the Visual Art of Betty Goodwin, Julie Mehretu, Guillermo Kuitca and Juan Munoz. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Alberta; 2014. [cited 2019 Oct 21]. Available from: https://era.library.ualberta.ca/files/ff3655567.

Council of Science Editors:

Bickis HLJ. Social Theory Encounters Lines and Bodies: Engaging with the Visual Art of Betty Goodwin, Julie Mehretu, Guillermo Kuitca and Juan Munoz. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Alberta; 2014. Available from: https://era.library.ualberta.ca/files/ff3655567

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