By Andre Leroi-Gourhan – Gesture and Speech [Anna Bostock Berger (Translator ), Randall White (Introduction) Andre Leroi-Gourhan] on *FREE*. André Leroi-Gourhan was a French archaeologist, paleontologist, paleoanthropologist, and . Gesture and Speech (Cambridge, Massachusetts & London: MIT Press, ). The Hunters of Prehistory Trans. Claire Jacobson. New York. Alexander said: It ought to be a criminal offence that Gesture and Speech, the defining work AndrA(c) Leroi-Gourhan () was an anthropologist and .
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Combines in one volume Technics and Language and Memory and Rhythms, the cornerstones of Leroi-Gourhan’s comprehensive theory of human behavior and cultural development. His bold and coherent revision of both analytic and archaeological methods revolutionized the study of prehistoric culture. His adoption of the structuralist method for the analysis of prehistoric art enabled a radical rethinking and clearer understanding of its nature, with resulting implications for the understanding of the art of our own times, and for a broad range of contemporary issues.
Leroi-Gourhan was, for example, concerned with questions of communication, particularly the ways in which new techniques of communication reshape our understanding of language and writing. His work in this field has proved catalytic for the thinking of other major theorists, among them Jacques Derrida.
Gesture and Speech combines in one volume Technics and Language and Memory and Rhythms, which are the cornerstones of Leroi-Gourhan’s comprehensive theory of human behavior and cultural development.
In Technics and Language, Leroi-Gourhan looks at prehistoric technology in relation to the development of cognitive and linguistic faculties, expanding on the cultural ramifications of erect posture, a short face, a free besture during locomotion, and possession of movable implements.
Memory and Rhythms approaches its subject from the standpoints of sociology and aesthetics.
Here Leroi-Gourhan addresses the problems of instinct and intelligence. He gestuer the relationship between aesthetic behavior, on the one hand, and species attitudes and the personalization of ethnic groups, on the other, and undertakes a sweeping aesthetic analysis from visceral perception to figurative art, including a discussion of the “language of forms” that makes figurative art an abstract expression of language.
A superb, remarkable, and unique book that concerns not only our distant and recent past, but also our present and future. Deserves a far wider readership.
Account Options Sign in. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Contents The Image of Ourselves. The Evolution of Neanthropian Types. Settled and Nomadic Groups. Introduction to a Paleontology geature Symbols. The Body as the Source of Values and Rhythms.
The Symbols of Society. The Language of Forms. Imaginary Freedom and the Fate of Homo sapiens.
The Breakup of the City. The Spread of Symbols.
The Freeing of Memory. References to this book The Nick of Time: Politics, evolution and the untimely Elizabeth Grosz No preview available – The Image of Ourselves. The Nick of Time: