BODY AND IMAGE: EXPLORATIONS IN LANDSCAPE PHENOMENOLOGY 2

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Left Coast Press, Nov 15, 2008 - Social Science - 288 pages
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The understanding and interpretation of ancient architecture, landscapes, and art has always been viewed through an iconographic lens—a cognitive process based on traditional practices in art history. But ancient people did not ascribe their visions on canvas, rather on hills, stones, and fields. Thus, Chris Tilley argues, the iconographic approach falls short of understanding how ancient people interacted with their imagery. A kinaesthetic approach, one that uses the full body and all the senses, can better approximate the meaning that these artifacts had for their makers and today’s viewers. The body intersects the landscape in a myriad of ways—through the effort to reach the image, the angles that one can use to view, the multiple senses required for interaction. Tilley outlines the choreographic basis of understanding ancient landscapes and art phenomenologically, and demonstrates the power of his thesis through examples of rock art and megalithic architecture in Norway, Ireland, and Sweden. This is a powerful new model from one of the leading contemporary theorists in archaeology.
 

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Contents

Illustrations
7
Tables
10
Preface
11
A Phenomenological Perspective
15
Transforming Rocks and Image Metamorphosis in the Mesolithic of Western Norway
53
Architecture and Imagery in the Irish Middle Neolithic
113
Grooves and Embodied Images in the Bronze Age of Östergötland Sweden
181
The Empowerment of Imagery and the Phenomenological Walk
255
References
273
Index
283
About the Author
288
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Christopher Tilley is Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at University College London. He is the author of numerous books relating anthropological theories to archaeology. Recent books include A Phenomenology of Landscape (1994), An Ethnography of the Neolithic (1996) and Metaphor and Material Culture (1999). No BIO on File

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