Review of Daston, Lorraine, ed. Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science. New York: Zone Books (MIT Press). Pp. Hardcover $ Title, Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science. Author, Lorraine Daston. Edition, reprint. Published, Length, 18 pages. Export Citation. Things that talk fleetingly realize the dream of a perfect language, in which words and world Lorraine Daston, Peter Galison, Anke te Heesen.

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Return to Book Page. This collection is unusual, in its almost-genre, in that the contributors do not seem to believe their own pet concerns are parroted by hapless lumps of matter. Just a moment while we sign tbings in to your Goodreads account.

Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science by Lorraine Daston

Mitchell, University of Chicago. Felicia Weiner rated it it was amazing Jun 15, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

taok Karen Holloway rated it liked it Jan 03, Dec 01, Elizabeth rated it it was ok Shelves: A Science Whose Business is Bursting: Throughout the book, however, there were really fantastic instances of material culture in the arts and sciences and they are so extraordinary that I don’t think I will forget about them soon, especially the lorraie on the glass flowers, newspaper clippings I never thought of it that way!

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Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science

Menocchio rated it it was tings Feb 16, Confronting this impasse from an interdisciplinary perspective, each author singles out one rhat for close attention: Without things, we would, in short, stop speaking; we would become as mute as objects are alleged to be.

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Holly argues that art works actively prefigure the histories that can be written about them. This effort to appreciate the materiality thimgs objects has previously been undertaken, most famously by art historian Michael Ann Holly Want to Read saving…. Kara rated it it was amazing Jul 01, She is the coauthor of Wonders and the Order of Nature, According to him, since these diagnostic objects have talked back to the subject. Each of the nine objects examined in this book had its historical moment, when the match of this thing to that thought seemed irresistible.

Books by Lorraine Daston. Elizabeth rated it really liked it Mar 01, If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

Galisonsoap bubbles S. Each is revealed to be a node around which meanings accrete thickly. There would be nothing to describe, explain, remark on, interpret, or complain about. Refresh and try again. Each of the nine objects examined in this book had its historical moment, when the match of this thing to that thought seemed irresistible. Contains some really good essays about how things carry meaning.

Talk is, then, one of the possible compliments [End Page ] paid to the roles that certain bits of matter, made or found, play in the lives of certain people—and art and science historians are in this no different from other mortals. The introduction leaves the reader wit This book has such a compelling title, and is actually beautifully put together the illustrations, including series of color plates in the middle, attest to a fair amount of willingness on the part of MIT Press to spend money on the volume.

Franck rated it really liked it Sep 03, Marieke rated it really liked it Apr 14, Daston is primarily concerned with how and why these objects have consistently attracted admirers—admirers who seem compelled to produce verbal descriptions and evaluations of the Glass Flowers.

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Thomas Hankins – – Isis: Melissa rated it it was amazing Dec 21, 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. Neither the pure texts of semiotics nor the brute objects of positivism, these things are saturated with cultural significance. Hillary rated it it was amazing Apr 06, In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Alda rated it really liked it Apr 15, Object Lessons from Art and Science.

While some authors achieve this goal, others produce straightforward discourse analyses that explain how an object was shaped within language during a specific historical period. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

At such junctures, certain things become objects of fascination, association, and endless consideration. Object Lessons From Art and Science. No trivia or quizzes yet. Kim Forsythe rated it really liked it Jan 23, So, kudos for that. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.