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Molded Meaning

Author(s): Stephen Houston

Year: 2017

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Since the time of Walter Benjamin, scholarship has posed important questions about replication and meaning: what is an "original," what does this imply for "aura"--the particular resonance of unique productions--and are such concepts and concerns solely applicable to industrial production in capitalist society? This session converses with Benjamin, long after his death, by addressing the meaning of replication in pre-capitalist societies, indeed, outside a Marxian framework altogether. The virtuosity of imagery and texts, their tightly controlled circumstances of reception, and the very meaning of "originals" are studied here, in a session ranging across Pre-Columbian America.

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Molded Meaning. Stephen Houston. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430018)


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 12171

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America