Material Culture and Text

Material Culture and Text : The Art of Ambiguity

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Originally published in 1991, this is the first book-length exploration of post-structuralist discourse theory in archaeology. It tackles the most basic problem of historical and archaeological analysis - the relationship between text and artefact - in an analysis of prehistoric art fusing theory and the practice of interpretation to create a fresh framework for understanding the relationship between past and present. Focusing on a collection of rock carvings from northern Sweden, the author shows how alternative conceptualizations of the material from structuralist, hermeneutic and structural-Marxist frameworks substantially alter our understanding of their meaning and significance. Engaging readers in an interpretive process, this book is for specialists in archaeology, anthropology, art history and cultural studies.
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  • Hardback | 206 pages
  • 163 x 243 x 19mm | 469.99g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138815160
  • 9781138815162

Table of contents

Preface Part 1: Reading a Material Text 1. Motifs and Rapids 2. Namforsen Through the Eyes of Hallstrom 3. Locating a Grammar 4. Why Namforsen? 5. Design Form 6. Mobile Space, Arrested Time 7. Related Texts Part 2: Mediating the Text 8. A Structural Logic 9. An Hermeneutics of Meaning 10. An Analytics of Power 11. Conclusions
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