LORRAINE DASTON THINGS THAT TALK PDF

Imagine a world without things. There would be nothing to describe, nothing to explain, remark, interpret, or complain about. Without things, we would stop speaking; we would become as mute as things are alleged to be. In nine original essays, internationally renowned historians of art and of science seek to understand how objects become charged with significance without losing their gritty materiality.

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History of Science , Art History. Imagine a world without things. There would be nothing to describe, explain, remark on, interpret, or complain about. Without things, we would, in short, stop speaking; we would become as mute as objects are alleged to be.

In nine original essays, internationally renowned historians of art and of science seek to understand how objects become charged with significance without losing their gritty materiality. Things That Talk aims to escape the opposition between positivist facts and cultural readings that bifurcates the current historiography of both art and science. Confronting this impasse from an interdisciplinary perspective, each author singles out one object for close attention: a Bosch drawing, the freestanding column, a Prussian island, soap bubbles, early photographs, glass flowers, Rorschach blots, newspaper clippings, paintings by Jackson Pollock.

Each object is revealed to be a node around which meanings accrete thickly. But not just any meanings: what these things are made of and how they are made shape what they can mean. Neither the pure texts of semiotics nor the brute objects of positivism, these things are saturated with cultural significance. Things become talkative when they fuse matter and meaning; they lapse into speechlessness when their matter and meanings no longer mesh.

Each of the nine evocative objects examined in this book had its historical moment, when the match of this thing to that thought seemed irresistible. At such junctures, certain things become objects of fascination, association, and endless consideration.

Things That Talk fleetingly realizes the dream of a perfect language, in which words and world merge. Norton and Elaine M. Mitchell, University of Chicago. Combined Shapeclose Created with Sketch. Edited by Lorraine Daston. See Also.

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History of Science , Art History. Imagine a world without things. There would be nothing to describe, explain, remark on, interpret, or complain about. Without things, we would, in short, stop speaking; we would become as mute as objects are alleged to be. In nine original essays, internationally renowned historians of art and of science seek to understand how objects become charged with significance without losing their gritty materiality. Things That Talk aims to escape the opposition between positivist facts and cultural readings that bifurcates the current historiography of both art and science.

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Things that Talk

To declare an interest, I attended one meeting of the group that put together the materials that Lorraine Daston has now edited, and I later endorsed it to the publisher. Things That Talk is a collection of essays by art and science historians, writing in very different tones on a series of very different things: a drawing by Bosch J. Koerner , the Glass Flowers at the Peabody L. Daston , early photographs used as judicial evidence J. Snyder , Rorschach blots P. Galison , soap bubbles S. Schaffer , clippings A.

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Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science

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