The Languages of Archaeology: Dialogue, Narrative, and Writing / Edition 1

The Languages of Archaeology: Dialogue, Narrative, and Writing / Edition 1

by Rosemary Joyce
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631221794

ISBN-13: 9780631221791

Pub. Date: 07/29/2002

Publisher: Wiley

This volume provides the first critical examination of the relationship between archaeology and language, analysing the rhetorical practices through which archaeologists create representations of the past. Rosemary Joyce draws on literary theory to discuss the ways in which archaeologists have used language to reinforce their views of the past, and presents ideas

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This volume provides the first critical examination of the relationship between archaeology and language, analysing the rhetorical practices through which archaeologists create representations of the past. Rosemary Joyce draws on literary theory to discuss the ways in which archaeologists have used language to reinforce their views of the past, and presents ideas about how language might be used in the future to present a more satisfactory understanding of time and place in the archaeological record.

She examines rhetoric, narrative, and dialogue as crucial topics for archaeological reflection, discusses the recent explosion of experimentation with new forms of writing within archaeology – fuelled by sources including feminism, post-structuralism, and critiques of representation from descendant groups who see archaeological sites as their cultural heritage – and demonstrates how this experimentation with writing might lead to a sustained critical examination of writing.

The author draws on the work of Mikhail Bakhtin and Roland Barthes to explore the nature and significance of dialogue within archaeological writing. By examining a selection of different kinds of archaeological texts, she shows how the creation of narratives is a practice that literally binds the discipline of archaeology together from the field through to formal and informal presentation of interpretations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631221791
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/29/2002
Series:
Social Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

1 Introducing the First Voice: Rosemary Joyce.

2 Writing the Field of Archaeology: Rosemary Joyce and Robert W. Preucel.

3 Dialogues Heard and Unheard, Seen and Unseen: Rosemary Joyce.

4 A Second Voice: Crafting Cosmos: Jeanne Lopiparo.

5 Voices Carry Outside the Discipline: Rosemary Joyce, Carolyn Guyer, and Michael Joyce.

6 The Return of the First Voice: Rosemary Joyce.

7 Final Dialogues: Rosemary Joyce.

Bibliography.

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