Tarot and Other Meditation Decks: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Typology

Tarot and Other Meditation Decks: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Typology

by Emily E. Auger


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Tarot and Other Meditation Decks: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Typology by Emily E. Auger

Hundreds of new Tarot decks have been produced in the late twentieth century, many of them based on the structure and images of Arthur Waite and artist Pamela Smith’s Rider-Waite deck (1910). The continuing popularity and influence of the Rider-Waite deck makes it a standard for identifying, categorizing and analyzing contemporary Tarot and other meditation decks.
This work of art history analyzes such decks in relation to conventional art styles and movements, including Symbolism, Surrealism, the modernist “grid” and the low/high value hierarchy, and postmodern art movements and concepts such as the dissolution of the modernist value hierarchy, Pattern and Decoration art, and collage. It also examines them in relation to literary concepts, including the novel, utopias, and popular genres. The author’s analysis is supported by numerous illustrations, including the Rider-Waite major arcana cards juxtaposed with examples of their counterparts from more recent decks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786416745
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/12/2004
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Emily E. Auger (Ph.D.) has graduate degrees in History in Art and English Literature from the University of Victoria and has taught art history in Canadian and American universities for over twenty years. Her monographs include The Way of Inuit Art: Aesthetics in and Beyond the Arctic (2005) and Tarot and Other Mediation Decks: History, Theory, Aesthetics (2004). She is a contributor to the anthology King Arthur in Popular Culture (2002) and has published papers on interlace and Alan Lee’s Lord of the Rings’ illustrations, genre and Pre-Raphaelitism in Lady Audley’s Secret, and other subjects.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1. Tarot and Visual Art 13

2. Tarot and Literature 53

3. Tarot as Tarot 89

Conclusion 143

Notes 147

Tarot Decks Cited 161

Meditation Decks Cited 167

Appendix 169

Bibliography 193

Index 205

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