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Agency and Embodiment

Performing Gestures/Producing Culture

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$62.50 • £50.95 • €56.50

ISBN 9780674034518

Publication Date: 10/30/2009


272 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

9 halftones, 15 line illustrations


Carrie Noland challenges Michel Foucault’s metaphor of bodily inscription by proposing gesture as scriptural—having the characteristics of writing. Agency and Embodiment constitutes a highly original contribution to thinking on the body, power, and culture across fields in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, from a decidedly interdisciplinary perspective.—Mark Franko, Professor of Dance, University of California, Santa Cruz

This highly original book brilliantly rethinks one of the crucial blind spots of poststructuralist theory—the evasiveness about, or failure to resolve, issues of agency. Agency and Embodiment is an extremely important and intelligently articulated intervention into the profound dilemmas we face in understanding how to navigate the complexities of contemporary cultural landscapes.—Amelia Jones, Professor and Pilkington Chair in the History of Art, University of Manchester

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