Visible Writings: Cultures, Forms, Readings

Visible Writings: Cultures, Forms, Readings

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Overview

Exploring the concept and history of visual and graphic epistemologies, this engrossing collection of essays by artists, curators, and scholars provides keen insights into the many forms of connection between visibility and legibility. With more than 130 color and black-and-white photographs, Visible Writings sheds new light on the visual dimensions of writing as well as writing's interaction with images in ways that affect our experiences of reading and seeing.



Multicultural in character and historical in range, essays discuss pre-Colombian Mesoamerican scripts, inscriptions on ancient Greek vases, medieval illuminations, Renaissance prints, Enlightenment concepts of the legible, and the Western "reading" of Chinese ideograms. A rich array of modern forms, including comics, poster art, typographic signs, scribblings in writers' manuscripts, anthropomorphic statistical pictograms, the street writings of 9/11, intersections between poetry and painting, the use of color in literary texts, and the use of writing in visual art are also addressed.



Visible Writings reaches outside the traditional venues of literature and art history into topics that consider design, history of writing, philosophy of language, and the emerging area of visual studies. Marija Dalbello, Mary Shaw, and the other contributors offer both scholars and those with a more casual interest in literature and art the opportunity, simply stated, to see the writing on the wall.


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ISBN-13: 9780813554556
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 27 MB
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About the Author

MARIJA DALBELLO is an associate professor of information science at Rutgers University. Her research and publications focus on visual genres and visual epistemologies, digital heritage, the history of knowledge, documents, and collections. She coedited Print Culture in Croatia: The Canon and the Borderlands.MARY SHAW is a professor of French at Rutgers University. She is the author and editor of several books, among them The Cambridge Introduction to French Poetry and Performance in the Texts of MallarmT: The Passage from Art to Ritual.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: Mary Shaw Introduction: Marija Dalbello Buzz Spector, Encyclopaedia Contours of Meaning in the Scripts of Ancient Mesoamerica: Western Epistemology and the Phonetic Issue Arts in Letters: The Aesthetics of Ancient Greek Writing Letter and Spirit: The Power of the Letter, the Enlivenment of the Word in Medieval Art Visible and Invisible Letters: Text versus Image in Renaissance England and Europe Illegibility and Grammaphobia in Paul Et Virginie Written on the Page Kafka Face to Face As If Sur-face Text-ure Un coup de dés and La Prose du Transsibérien: A Study in Contraries Mathematics for "Just Plain Folks": Allegories of Quantitative and Qualitative Information in the Habsburg Sphere Beneath the Words: Visual Messages in French Fin-de-Siècle Posters How Do You Pronounce a Pictogram?: On "Visible Writing" in Comics Inviting Words into the Image: Multiple Meanings in Modern and Contemporary Art Color Writings: On Three Polychrome Texts Joyc-aean A Rose Is... Kafka-esque Actual Words of Art The Figurative and the Gestural: Chinese Writing According to Marcel Granet Michaux: To Be Read? To Be Seen? Reading the Alhambra Catastrophe Writings: In the Wake of September 11 ...visible, legible, illegible: around a limit... Sttmnt Colloquium #1 (Picture Puzzles) Colloquium #2 Colloquium #3 Colloquium #4 Notes on Contributors Index

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