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Gandelman, Claude. 1991. Reading Pictures, Viewing Texts. Indiana: Indiana University Press. 178 pp.
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Book – monograph
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The review (by Esrock, see Notes) critiques theoretical difficulties in Gandelman's semiotic approach to the dialectic between visual and haptic modalities of aesthetic perception. The fundamental equation of this dichotomy with one of eye movements, saccades corresponding to optical perception, and fixations to touch, is countered by facts of eye physiology: vision depends on moments of fixation, and appreciation of both forms and textures depends on a combination of saccades and fixations. Gandelman's further application of the metaphor/metonymy distinction to this theoretical complex is deficient, as no case is made for a metonymic character of haptic perception to match the metaphoric properties Gandelman attributes to visual perception. (Copyright 1995, Sociological Abstracts, Inc., all rights reserved.) (J. Hitchcock in LLBA 1995, vol. 29, n. 2)