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Author: Nick Sousanis; Harvard University. Press,
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.
Dissertation: Developed from the author’s doctoral dissertation for Teachers College Columbia University.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The primacy of words over images has deep roots in Western culture. But what if the two are inextricably linked, equal partners in meaning-making? Written and drawn entirely as comics, Unflattening is an experiment in visual thinking. Nick Sousanis defies conventional forms of scholarly discourse to offer readers both a stunning work of graphic art and a serious inquiry into the ways humans construct knowledge.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Graphic novels
Comic books, strips, etc
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Sousanis; Harvard University. Press,
ISBN: 0674744438 9780674744431
OCLC Number: 1008200319
Description: 193 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Flatness --
Flatland --
The importance of seeing double and then some --
The shape of our thoughts --
Our bodies in motion --
The fifth dimension --
Ruts --
Strings attached --
Vectors --
Awaking.
Responsibility: Nick Sousanis.

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"The primacy of words over images has deep roots in Western culture. But what if the two are inextricably linked, equal partners in meaning-making? Written and drawn entirely as comics, Unflattening is an experiment in visual thinking. Nick Sousanis defies conventional forms of scholarly discourse to offer readers both a stunning work of graphic art and a serious inquiry into the ways humans construct knowledge. 'Unflattening' is an insurrection against the fixed viewpoint. Weaving together diverse ways of seeing drawn from science, philosophy, art, literature, and mythology, it uses the collage-like capacity of comics to show that perception is always an active process of incorporating and reevaluating different vantage points. While its vibrant, constantly morphing images occasionally serve as illustrations of text, they more often connect in nonlinear fashion to other visual references throughout the book. They become allusions, allegories, and motifs, pitting realism against abstraction and making us aware that more meets the eye than is presented on the page."--Amazon.com.

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