Friends of Interpretable Objects
By (author) Miguel Tamen
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Friends of Interpretable Objects by Miguel Tamen
Book DescriptionMiguel Tamen's concern is to show how inanimate objects take on life through their interpretation - notably, in our own culture, as they are collected and housed in museums. It is his claim that an object becomes interpretable only in the context of a "society of friends." Thus, Tamen suggests, our inveterate tendency as human beings to interpret the phenomenal world gives objects not only a life but also a society. As his work unfolds, "friends" also takes on a legal sense, meaning advocates, introduced to advance the argument that the social life of interpreted and interpretable objects engenders a related web of social obligations. Learned and witty, with much to teach art historians, environmentalists, anthropologists, curators, and literary critics, his book utterly reorients our understanding of how we make sense of our world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674013681
(192mm x 106mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Miguel Tamen
What Art is Like, in Constant Reference to the Alice Books, Hardback (October 2012)
This comic, serious inquiry into the nature of art takes its technical vocabulary from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. It is ridiculous to think of poems, paintings, or films as distinct from other things in the world, including people. Talking about art should be contiguous with talking about other relevant matters.
Revisionary History of Portuguese Literature, Hardback (December 1998)» View all books by Miguel Tamen
This collection of essays traces the history of Portugese literature from the medieval period to the present. The volume serves as a comprehensive introduction to Portugese literature to students new to the field and provides insight into the ongoing controversies on the subject.
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Author Biography - Miguel Tamen
Miguel Tamen is Professor at the University of Lisbon and regular visiting professor at the University of Chicago.
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