BOOKS RECEIVED: Oscar E. Vazquez, “The End Again: Degeneration and Visual Culture in Modern Spain” (Penn State UP, 2017)
As fin de siglo Spain struggled with perceived decadence and decline, the visual arts reflected the debate and influenced the outcome. This volume argues that the way artists understood and depicted the concepts of degeneration and regeneration is essential to… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Lucy Shelton Caswell and Jared Gardner, eds., “Drawing the Line: Comics Studies and INKS, 1994-1997” (Ohio State UP, 2017)
Drawing the Line: Comics Studies and INKS, 19941997 collects some of the most important essays from INKS: Cartoon and Comic Art Studies, the first peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted exclusively to comics studies. The volume, edited by Lucy Shelton Caswell, the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Pierre Lemonnier, “Mundane Objects: Materiality and Non-verbal Communication” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
This concise book shows the importance of objects that are considered ordinary by cultural outsiders and scholars, yet lie at the heart of the systems of thought and practices of their makers and users. This volume demonstrates the role of… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Smith, Messenger, and Soderland, eds., “Heritage Values in Contemporary Society” (Left Coast Press, 2009)
What do we value about the past? In formulating policies about heritage preservation, that is the inevitable question, and deals not only with economic value but also the intangible value to individuals, communities and society as a whole. This interdisciplinary… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Stephen Bitgood, “Attention and Value: Keys to Understanding Museum Visitors” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
How can museums capture visitors attention? And how can their attention be sustained? In this important volume, leading visitor researcher and educational psychologist Stephen Bitgood proposes a model―the attention-value model―that will help museum practitioners create more effective museum environments. A… Read More
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