Campbell, Mary B. (ed.) / Rollins, Mark (ed.)
Studies in the Art and Science of Symbol Production
Year of Publication: 1989
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1989. XII, 249 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-1045-6 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.440 kg, 0.970 lbs
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The articles in this anthology address a common question: How are images produced and used? The boundaries of the subject are sharply drawn in each article by a focus on images in relation to other forms of representation and expression, and by an emphasis on how the meaning of an image can change. Since such changes are often the result of combining images of different types, or of different periods, they put interpretive methods to the test and reveal how those methods work. The fascination of particular cases discussed here derives from the concrete details and original analyses the authors provide; the comparative approach of the book provokes reflection on the very nature of interdisciplinary research.
Contents: Using the methods of various humanistic disciplines, the book assesses the role of imagery in the arts, in the sciences, and in various historical institutions and movements. The book is unique in being a selfconsciously interdisciplinary and comparative study of imagery which includes both art and science.
«This book advances our understanding of the significance of imagery in the literature, art, and science of diverse cultures. The individual contributions provide scholarly resources of use in several fields of learning, from the philosophy of science to the history of music, while their convergence on a common topic represents interdisciplinarity at its best. In the face of the continuing crisis of fragmentation brought about by inevitable specialization in the disciplines, the collaborative project of Begetting Images may serve as a model for other such projects - a successful experiment in conversation among disciplines, about a topic of vital concern to all.» (Wm. Theodore deBary, Director Heyman Center for the Humanities, John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University, Columbia University)
New Connections: Studies in Interdisciplinarity. Vol. 2
General Editor: Shirley Paolini