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"What kinds of knowledge and understandings of the world can be generated – and shared – when we use para-academic techniques and sensibilities to decode or respond to relatively orthodox intellectual objects? And what worlds might be possible if we practiced scholarly work from a place of collaboration and pleasure, as joyful fellow explorers? In Metagestures, presented in a playful tête-bêche format, historian Carla Nappi and cultural theorist Dominic Pettman explore the use of fiction as a tool to write and think with works of theory. Taking Vilém Flusser’s Gestures as its point of inspiration and departure, Metagestures collects 16 pairs of short stories in which Pettman and Nappi make fictional worlds that animate and enliven each of the major gestures in Flusser’s book. Nappi and Pettman focus on Flusser’s mediations on the gestures of filming, planting, loving, smoking a pipe, turning a mask around, and much more, with their own creative explorations of each theme, in a gathering of short fictions that test, expand, and further the social scientific claims of the original text with new scenarios and occasions. Here, Flusser’s reflections on physical gesture serve as an inspiration for new ways of conceiving and conducting theory, and for thoughtful creative scholarly imagining, with and alongside one another."

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title page, Copyright, Title page
  2. pp. i-vii
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  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Introduction: The Gesture of Introducing
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 11-18
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  1. Introduction: The Gesture of Introducing
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 19-24
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  1. The Gesture of Writing
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 25-28
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  1. The Gesture of Writing
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 29-34
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  1. The Gesture of Speaking
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 35-38
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  1. The Gesture of Speaking
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 39-42
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  1. The Gesture of Making
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 43-44
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  1. The Gesture of Making
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 45-52
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  1. The Gesture of Destroying
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 53-56
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  1. The Gesture of Destroying
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 57-62
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  1. The Gesture of Painting
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 63-66
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  1. The Gesture of Painting
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 67-72
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  1. The Gesture of Photographing
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 73-76
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  1. The Gesture of Photographing
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 77-84
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  1. The Gesture of Filming
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 85-88
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  1. The Gesture of Filming
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 89-96
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  1. The Gesture of Turning a Mask Around
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 97-100
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  1. The Gesture of Turning a Mask Around
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 101-110
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  1. The Gesture of Planting
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 111-114
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  1. The Gesture of Planting
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 115-120
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  1. The Gesture of Shaving
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 121-124
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  1. The Gesture of Shaving
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 125-130
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  1. The Gesture of Listening to Music
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 131-134
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  1. The Gesture of Listening to Music
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 135-142
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  1. The Gesture of Smoking a Pipe
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 143-146
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  1. The Gesture of Smoking a Pipe
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 147-150
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  1. The Gesture of Telephoning
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 151-154
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  1. The Gesture of Telephoning
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 155-160
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  1. The Gesture of Video
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 161-162
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  1. The Gesture of Video
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 163-170
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  1. The Gesture of Searching
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 171-174
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  1. The Gesture of Searching
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 175-182
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  1. The Gesture of Loving
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 183-192
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  1. The Gesture of Loving
  2. Dominic Pettman
  3. pp. 193-232
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781950192250
MARC Record
OCLC
1105799158
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-12
Open Access
Yes
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