Book ID: CBB770478750

How to Do Things with Dead People: History, Technology, and Temporality from Shakespeare to Warhol (2022)


Alice Dailey (Author)

Cornell University Press
Publication date: 2022
Language: English

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 264

How to Do Things with Dead People studies human contrivances for representing and relating to the dead. Alice Dailey takes as her principal objects of inquiry Shakespeare's English history plays, describing them as reproductive mechanisms by which living replicas of dead historical figures are regenerated in the present and re-killed. Considering the plays in these terms exposes their affinity with a transhistorical array of technologies for producing, reproducing, and interacting with dead things--technologies such as literary doppelgängers, photography, ventriloquist puppetry, X-ray imaging, glitch art, capital punishment machines, and cloning. By situating Shakespeare's historical drama in this intermedial conversation, Dailey challenges conventional assumptions about what constitutes the context of a work of art and contests foundational models of linear temporality that inform long-standing conceptions of historical periodization and teleological order. Working from an eclectic body of theories, pictures, and machines that transcend time and media, Dailey composes a searching exploration of how the living use the dead to think back and look forward, to rule, to love, to wish and create.

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Authors & Contributors
Chung, Saehyang
Halpern, Orit
Heefner, Gretchen
Prescott, Heather Munro
Rangarajan, Mahesh
Richmond, Marsha L.
Environmental History
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
History and Theory
Cambridge University Press
Four Courts Press
Stanford University Press
University of Chicago Press
Memorials; commemorations
History as a discipline; chronology; study of the past
Visual representation; visual communication
Technology and art
Science and war; science and the military
Darwin, Charles Robert
Pettenkofer, Max Josef con
Shakespeare, William
Wiener, Norbert
Oakeley, Hilda D.
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century, early
21st century
18th century
19th century
United States
Great Britain
Munich (Germany)

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