The Culture of the Copy: Striking Likenesses, Unreasonable Facsimiles by Hillel Schwartz (Paperback, 2014)
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- DescriptionThe Culture of the Copy is a vel attempt to make sense of the Western fascination with replicas, duplicates, and twins. In a work that is breathtaking in its synthetic and critical achievements, Hillel Schwartz charts the repercussions of our entanglement with copies of all kinds, whose presence alternately sustains and overwhelms us. This updated edition takes tice of recent shifts in thought with regard to such issues as biological cloning, conjoined twins, copyright, digital reproduction, and multiple personality disorder. At once abbreviated and refined, it will be of interest to anyone concerned with problems of authenticity, identity, and originality. Through intriguing, and at times humorous, historical analysis and case studies in contemporary culture, Schwartz investigates a stunning array of simulacra: counterfeits, decoys, mannequins, and portraits; ditto marks, genetic cloning, war games, and camouflage; instant replays, digital imaging, parrots, and photocopies; wax museums, apes, and art forgeries -- t to mention the very tion of the Real McCoy. Working through a range of theories on biological, mechanical, and electronic reproduction, Schwartz questions the modern esteem for authenticity and uniqueness. The Culture of the Copy shows how the ethical dilemmas central to so many fields of endeavor have become inseparable from our pursuit of copies -- of the natural world, of our own creations, indeed of our very selves. The book is an invative blend of microsociology, cultural history, and philosophical reflection, of interest to anyone concerned with problems of authenticity, identity, and originality. Praise for the first edition [T]he author...brings his considerable synthetic powers to bear on our uneasy preoccupation with doubles, likenesses, facsimiles, replicas and re-enactments. I doubt that these cultural phemena have ever been more comprehensively or more creatively chronicled...[A] book that gets you to see the world anew, again. -- The New York Times A sprightly and disconcerting piece of cultural history -- Terence Hawkes, London Review of Books In The Culture of the Copy, [Schwartz] has written the perfect book: original and repetitive at once. -- Todd Gitlin, Los Angeles Times Book Review
- Author BiographyHillel Schwartz is the author of Making Noise: From Babel to the Big Bang and Beyond.
- Author(s)Hillel Schwartz
- PublisherZone Books
- Date of Publication11/02/2014
- SubjectCultural Studies
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintZone Books
- Content Note24 b&w illus.
- Weight728 g
- Width167 mm
- Height227 mm
- Spine35 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition Statement2nd revised and updated ed
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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