chapter  12
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Where Next?

ByKarina Jakubowicz

Griselda Pollock's Vision and Difference is a highly influential book that has retired somewhat to the status of a seminal or classic work. This is especially the case in the fields of art history, film theory, and feminist theory, where the book is viewed as "a foundational text". Vision and Difference has fueled wider debate, particularly in relation to art history, feminist theory, and film theory. Pollock's argument that the process of representation is a political act, is easily applied to other representative art-forms. Ultimately, Vision and Difference had the greatest impact on the discipline of art history. Her work highlighted the degree to which patriarchal ideologies were dependent on visual images, and gave viewers the tools with which to decode and analyze these images. Pollock's work, and that of other feminist scholars, helped to challenge the way that art history was being taught, and gave students new methods to work with.