The Dream of the Moving Statue / Edition 1

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Overview

We live among the images we have made, and those images have an uncanny life. They seduce, challenge, trap, transform, and even kill us; they speak and remain silent. Kenneth Gross's The Dream of the Moving Statue offers a far-ranging and probing exploration of how writers, artists, and filmmakers have imagined the power and life of statues, real and metaphoric, taking up examples from antiquity to modernity, from Ovid, Michelangelo, and Shakespeare to Freud, Rilke, and Charlie Chaplin. The book is about the fate of works of art and about the fate of our fantasies, words, and bodies, about the metamorphoses they undergo in our own and others’ minds.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271029009
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Gross is also the author of Spenserian Poetics: Idolatry, Iconoclasm, and Magic (1985), Shakespeare's Noise (2001), and Shylock is Shakespeare (forthcoming in 2006). He teaches English at the University of Rochester.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Illustrations

Preface to the 2006 paperback edition

Preface to the 1992 edition

Part I

1. Signs of Life: An Introduction

2. The Death of Sculpture

3. Eating the Statue

Part II

4. Idolomachia

5. You May Touch This Statue

6. Resisting Pygmalion

Part III

7. Crossings

8. The Space Between

Part IV

9. Talking with Statues

10. The Thing Itself (Which Does Not Move)

Coda: Ordinary Statues

Notes

Index

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