The culture of the copy: striking likenesses, unreasonable facsimiles

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Zone Books, Aug 28, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 565 pages
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The Culture of the Copy is an unprecedented attempt to make sense of our Western fascination with replicas, duplicates, and twins. Through intriguing historical analysis and case studies in contemporary culture, Hillel Schwartz investigates most varieties of simulacra, while working through a range of modernist, feminist, and postmodern theories about copies and mechanical reproduction. This work is a stunning, innovative blend of microsociology, cultural history, and philosophical reflection that will fascinate anyone concerned with problems of authenticity, identity, and originality.

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Review: The Culture of the Copy: Striking Likenesses, Unreasonable Facsimiles

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

I first read Schwartz's odd but very engaging book for an art history course and have returned to it often since. It's lengthy and ranging in its foci yet the uniting theme is the idea of a "copy ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ian - Goodreads

"Why, if advertisers resort to identical twinship for its implicit oracular power, did the estimable gift of prophecy fall so overwhelmingly to identical twin women? Because advertising has become our ... Read full review

Contents

VII
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Once More with Feeling
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and toward a faith in reenactment and replication as means
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