The Mirror: A History

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Psychology Press, 2001 - History - 308 pages
This engaging and witty cultural history traces the evolution of the mirror from antiquity to the present day, illustrating its journey from wondrous object to ordinary trinket. With its earliest invention, the mirror allowed us to gaze upon ourselves, bestowing a power both fascinating and terrifying.
 

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THE MIRROR: A History

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Beginning with a tale of early modern industrial espionage, newcomer Melchior-Bonnet considers the mirror's significance in moral, religious, and philosophical discourse throughout history.In the 17th ... Read full review

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An excellent book for anyone fascinated by the mirror, by history, by good storytelling, or by interesting writing!

Contents

Part
7
The Royal Glass
35
From Luxury to Necessity
70
Part
99
The Triumph of Mimesis
133
Imagine the Self
156
Part Three
185
Oblique Mirrors and Specular
222
Mirror Fragments
246
Conclusion
270
Index
300
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About the author (2001)

Sabine Melchior-Bonnet is an instructor at the College de France in Paris. This is her first work to be published in English.

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