Thinking Through Images: Narrative, Rhythm, Embodiment and Landscape in the Nordic Bronze Age [Paperback]

Christopher Tilley (Author)

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ISBN: 9781789257014 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Swedish Rock Art Research Series | Volume: 7 | Year of Publication: 2021 | Language: English 232p, H280 x W216 (mm) B/w and colour



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Thinking Through Images

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This book provides a general self-reflexive review and critical analysis of Scandinavian rock art from the standpoint of Chris Tilley’s research in this area over the last thirty years. It offers a novel alternative theoretical perspective stressing the significance of visual narrative structure and rhythm, using musical analogies, putting particular emphasis on the embodied perception of images in a landscape context.

Part I reviews the major theories and interpretative perspectives put forward to understand the images, in historical perspective, and provides a critique discussing each of the main types of motifs occurring on the rocks. Part II outlines an innovative theoretical and methodological perspective for their study stressing sequence and relationality in bodily movement from rock to rock. Part III is a detailed case study and analysis of a series of rocks from northern Bohuslän in western Sweden. The conclusions reflect on the theoretical and methodological approach being taken in relation to the disciplinary practices involved in rock art research, and its future.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface by Joakim Goldhahn
Acknowledgements
Prelude
PART I: ARIAS: MOTIFS AND INTERPRETATIONS
PART II: CABALETTA: LANDSCAPE SETTING AND CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK: THE RHYTHMIC VISUAL ARTS OF NARRATIVE
PART III: FINALE: PERAMBULATING THE ROCKS
Postlude
References
Index

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