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NYMPHS. Reprint. Translation of Ninfe (Bollati Boringhieri editore, Turin, 2007). Giorgio Agamben. Seagull Books, London, 2013. Italian List. First English translation published in Releasing the Image: From Kant to New Media by Stanford University Press, 2011. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 66 pp. 21 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780857420947 In English.
Publisher's description: In Nymphs, the newest translation of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's work, the author notes that academic research has lingered on the "pagan goddess," while the concept of "elemental spirit," ignored by scholars, is vital to the history of iconography. Tracing the genealogy of this idea, Agamben goes on to examine subjects as diverse as the aesthetic theories of choreographer Domineco da Piacenza, Friedrich Theodor Vischer's essay on the "symbol," Walter Benjamin's concept of the dialectic image, and the bizarre discoveries of photographer Nathan Lerner in 1972. From these investigations, there emerges a startlingly original exploration of the ideas of time and the image. Agamben is the rare writer whose ideas and works have a broad appeal across many fields, and Nymphs will engage not only the author's devoted fans in philosophy, legal theory, sociology, and literary criticism, but his growing audience among art theorists and historians as well.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 152745
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