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Derived from the Latin verb “gerere”-to hold, act, or do-“gesture” has amassed serious foreign money yet has remained undertheorized. Migrations of Gesture addresses this absence and offers a posh idea at the worth of gesture for realizing human signal production.

Gestures migrate from physique to physique, from one medium to a different, and among cultural contexts. Juxtaposing certain methods to gesture as a way to discover the ways that they immediately form and are prompted through tradition, the members research the works of writers Henri Michaux and Stéphane Mallarmé, photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, and filmmakers Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Martin Arnold, besides cultural practices comparable to gang strolling, ballet, and classical Indian dance. The authors circulation deftly among an natural, out of the ordinary appreciation of human expression and a historicist, semiotic figuring out of ways the “human” is itself created via gestural routines.

Contributors:  Mark Franko, U of California, Santa Cruz; Ketu H. Katrak, U of California, Irvine; Akira Mizuta Lippit, U of Southern California; Susan A. Phillips, Pitzer collage; Deidre Sklar; Lesley Stern, U of California, San Diego; Blake Stimson, U of California, Davis.

Carrie Noland is affiliate professor of French literature and important concept on the collage of California, Irvine.

Sally Ann Ness is professor of anthropology at college of California, Riverside.

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