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The origins of monsters : image and cognition in the first age of mechanical reproduction

Author: D Wengrow
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2014]
Series: Rostovtzeff lectures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It has often been claimed that "monsters"--Supernatural creatures with bodies composed from multiple species--play a significant part in the thought and imagery of all people from all times. The Origins of Monsters advances an alternative view. Composite figurations are intriguingly rare and isolated in the art of the prehistoric era. Instead it was with the rise of cities, elites, and cosmopolitan trade networks  Read more...
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Named Person: Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff; Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D Wengrow
ISBN: 9780691159041 0691159041 1400848865 9781400848867
OCLC Number: 854857906
Description: xvi, 162 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Contents: Image and economy in the ancient world : the Bronze Age of Mikhail Rostovtzeff --
Materials for an epidemiology of culture --
The hidden shaman : fictive anatomy in Paleolithic and Neolithic art --
Urban creations : the cultural ecology of composite animals --
Counterintuitive images and the mechanical arts --
Modes of image transfer : transformative, integrative, protective --
Conclusion : Persistent, but not primordial : emergent properties of cognition.
Series Title: Rostovtzeff lectures.
Responsibility: David Wengrow.

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Can cognitive science explain the potency of such images? Does evolutionary psychology hold a key to understanding the transmission of symbols? How is our making and perception of images influenced  Read more...

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