New PDF release: Migrations of Gesture

By Carrie Noland,Sally Ann Ness

Derived from the Latin verb “gerere”-to hold, act, or do-“gesture” has amassed serious foreign money yet has remained undertheorized. Migrations of Gesture addresses this absence and offers a fancy concept at the worth of gesture for knowing human signal production.


Gestures migrate from physique to physique, from one medium to a different, and among cultural contexts. Juxtaposing exact ways to gesture so that it will discover the ways that they straight away form and are motivated via tradition, the participants study the works of writers Henri Michaux and Stéphane Mallarmé, photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, and filmmakers Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Martin Arnold, besides cultural practices resembling gang jogging, ballet, and classical Indian dance. The authors movement deftly among an natural, out of the ordinary appreciation of human expression and a historicist, semiotic realizing of the way the “human” is itself created via gestural routines.


Contributors:  Mark Franko, U of California, Santa Cruz; Ketu H. Katrak, U of California, Irvine; Akira Mizuta Lippit, U of Southern California; Susan A. Phillips, Pitzer collage; Deidre Sklar; Lesley Stern, U of California, San Diego; Blake Stimson, U of California, Davis.

Carrie Noland is affiliate professor of French literature and demanding concept on the college of California, Irvine.

Sally Ann Ness is professor of anthropology at college of California, Riverside.


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