chapter  7
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ByKarina Jakubowicz

Griselda Pollock's Vision and Difference succeeded in making a strong case for a feminist art history, and it gave a clear overview of what feminist art criticism looked like in practice. The ideas underlying Vision and Difference have been successfully adapted to the study of literature, film, and culture in particular. While the book suffers from a lack of specific focus, it gives a good indication of how broadly, and in what ways, feminist theory can be applied to art criticism. Although the ideas in Vision and Difference have traveled far beyond the borders of art history, the intricacies of the text itself have been given the most attention by artists and art historians. Vision and Difference has had an unexpected relevance to subjects outside of art history, such as literature and media studies. Pollock's assertion that patriarchal ideologies and visual imagery are connected is applicable the world over, yet her argument is mainly rooted in the European art tradition.