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  • ISBN: 9780295980720
  • ISBN10: 0295980729

Writing on Hands: Memory and Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

by Sherman, Claire R.

  • List Price: $35.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Trout Gallery of Dickinson College
  • Publish date: 02/01/2004
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Writing on Hands focuses on the hand as a meeting place for matter, mind, and spirit. More than 80 images, dating primarily from the 15th to the 17th centuries, concern the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge from such diverse realms as anatomy, psychology, mathematics, music rhetoric, religions, palmistry, and alchemy. The book also addresses the relationship between the hand and the brain, sensory perception, the rhetoric of gesture, early forms of finger-spelling for the deaf, morality, and spirituality. It reintroduces early modern conceptual frameworks for learning, remembering, and recalling practical and abstract concepts by means of the hand. Throughout the text, images of the hand play a vital role in interpreting the search for achieving knowledge of the self and interpreting universal human experience.

In addition to the introduction by Claire Richter Sherman, there are essays by renowned scholars Brian P. Copenhaver, Martin Kemp, Sachiko Kusukawa, and Susan Forscher Weiss.

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