Articles by Mieke Ball


Mieke Ball, a well-known cultural critic and theorist, is Professor of Theory of Literature and a founding director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Theory and Interpretation (ASCA) at the University of Amsterdam.
Her book, Quoting Caravaggio: Contemporary Art, Preposterous History was published in July 1999 by the University of Chicago Press. Among her many other books are Narratology: An Introduction to the Theory of Narrative (2nd, thoroughly revised and expanded edition, University of Toronto Press, 1997), The Mottled Screen: Reading Proust Visually (Stanford University Press, 1997), Double Exposures: The Subject of Cultural Analysis (Routledge, 1996) and Reading ‘Rembrandt’: Beyond the Word-Image Opposition (Cambridge University Press, 1991 [1994]). She also edited a programmatic volume The Practice of Cultural Analysis: Exposing Interdisciplinary Interpretation, published by Stanford University Press in May 1999, which gives a good idea of the nature and practice of cultural analysis. The breadth of Mieke Bal’s research contributions is also acknowledged by the forthcoming publication Looking In: the Art of Viewing, essay and afterword by Mieke Bal, with a commentary by Norman Bryson, to be published by G&B Arts International as part of their ‘Critical Voices in Art Theory and Culture’ series.
Present position(s): (as of July 1991) Professor of Theory of Literature, University of Amsterdam; (January 1994 – June 1998) Director, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
Areas of interest: literary theory, semiotics, visual art, cultural studies, postcolonial theory; French, Hebrew Bible, seventeenth century, contemporary culture.


Poetics of Migrations: Facing Separation

    Introduction [1] Imagine a gallery looking like a living room, where visiting is like a social call. The image is a portrait, bust only, of a woman speaking to someone else (Apart from...