In this Book

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In a Trance is just the sort of genre-defying work we at Peanut and punctum and, as it happens, Jeffrey Skoblow, revel in. It is a book-length essay by a fiction writer. It is a fictional essay by a literary scholar. It is a gallant assay by a smart man who thinks while he walks, and he walks a lot. The book is a meta-meditation on Paleolithic cave drawings and the humans who ponder them. It is fact-based and entrancing just as the cave drawings are actual (existing in time — loosely — and space — more definitively) and mesmerizing. Skoblow is devising stories as “we” (humans) have always devised stories though in a less familiar mode, along a less travelled path. The essay draws on (!) the careful/thoughtful/whimsical notebooks kept by Skoblow over a dozen years. The notebooks record/illuminate/complicate his visits to twelve Paleolithic art sites as well as his deep, eccentric reading of texts concerned in some way with the subject of cave drawings by an array of scientists, anthropologists, archeologists, art historians, and other sundry enthusiasts and experts, so-called and otherwise.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. In a Trance: On Paleo Art
  2. pp. 1-149
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 150-151
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  1. Publication Data
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780692321287
MARC Record
OCLC
1178720987
Pages
156
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-28
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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