Author Archives: noayaari

Drawing Childhood Memories on Money as a Teaching Tool

The following article was published in Innovatus, York University’s monthly pedagogical newsletter, on January 19, 2018. It describes an art exercise I gave in my tutorials. In the last tutorial of the fall term, students in the History course Making Money drew … Continue reading

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Self Portrait, 2000-2018

Noa Yaari, Self Portrait, 2000-2018. Mixed media, Tel Aviv-Toronto

Posted in Dissertation, My Art

The Discovery of Discovery

In the discourse about the rise of pre-modern individualism or the discovery of the individual in pre-modern Europe (ca. 1000-1600), historians are inclined to argue that there was a period of time in which the interest in one’s own self … Continue reading

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Benjamin Lee Whorf

Writes: “[…] for science, poetry, and love are alike in being “flights” above and away from the slave-world of literal reference and humdrum prosaic details, attempts to widen the petty narrowness of the personal self’s outlook, liftings toward Arūpa, toward … Continue reading

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You see,

Noa Yaari, History’s on my Side,  2015

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Wordimage in (is) Mythology

In her Reading “Rembrandt”: Beyond the Word-Image Opposition, Mieke Bal refers to Roland Barthes’s remark that “the very end of myth is to immobilize the world,” and to Philip Rahv’s observation that the persistence of romanticism and conservatism, manifested in … Continue reading

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Visual Quoting II

In his essay “Shifters and Verbal Categories,” Roman Jakobson describes the complexity of “indexical symbols” – linguistic signs that, as symbols, represent their objects by convention and, as indices do, have existential relations with their objects, at the same time … Continue reading

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Word and Image

Rarely do we see images without accompanying words, written or spoken. Images in books, newspapers, magazines, ads, television and the internet are often mediated by verbal language, that influences the way we see the images and think about them. In … Continue reading

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Courtesans or Gentlewomen?

Associations between words and images in historiography are powerful. In the chapter “The Position of Women” in the 1958 Harper & Row edition of Jacob Burckhardt’s Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860), we see the term “courtesans” in the … Continue reading

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Photos from the Exhibition Infantile History

Infantile History is a group exhibition at the Department of History at York University, featuring children’s and childlike art to examine core questions faced by the discipline of history. It also explores art as an effective tool to delve into … Continue reading

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