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Contents Translator's Preface Gesture and Affect: The Practice of a Phenomenology of Gestures Beyond Machines (But Still within the Phenomenology of Gestures) The Gesture of Writing The Gesture of Speaking The Gesture of Making The Gesture of Loving The Gesture of Destroying The Gesture of Painting The Gesture of Photographing The Gesture of Filming The Gesture of Turning a Mask Around The Gesture of Planting The Gesture of Shaving The Gesture of Listening to Music The Gesture of Smoking a Pipe The Gesture of Telephoning The Gesture of Video The Gesture of Searching Appendix: Toward a General Theory of Gestures Translator's Notes Index

About the Author

Vilem Flusser (1920-1991) was born in Prague; emigrated to Brazil, where he taught philosophy and wrote a daily newspaper column; and later moved to France. Among his many books that have been translated into English are Does Writing Have a Future?, Into the Universe of Technical Images, and Writings, all from Minnesota. Nancy Ann Roth is an arts writer and critic based in the UK. She previously translated Does Writing Have a Future? and Into the Universe of Technical Images.


"Flusser transforms gesture to the level of metaphor, offering deep, sometimes metaphysical, interpretation of the human condition. Though it resists being put in a particular disciplinary niche, Gestures will surely become a standard for the many scholars who have already debated or acknowledged the value of Flusser's claims."-CHOICE "Flusser's book transcends the time in which it was written."-International Journal of Communication "Flusser's writings have a more accessible style, offering precise examples and analogies to specify key concepts. For this reason, the work of Flusser, especially Gestures, eclectically engages with deconstructive paradigms of philosophy at a level accessible to undergraduate students and academics."-Screen Bodies

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