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Thinking Design Through Literature

1st Edition

By Susan Yelavich

Routledge

342 pages | 82 Color Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138712560
pub: 2019-08-16
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Description

This book deploys literature to explore the social lives of objects and places. The first book of its kind, it embraces things as diverse as escalators, coins, skyscrapers, pottery, radios, and robots, and encompasses places as various as home, country, cities, streets, and parks. Here, fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction are mined for stories of design, which are paired with images of contemporary architecture and design. Through the work of authors such as César Aires, Nicholson Baker, Lydia Davis, Orhan Pamuk, and Virginia Woolf, this bookshows the enormous influence that places and things exert in the world.

Table of Contents

Chapter One - Culture: Identity, Displacement, Exile; Chapter Two - Politics: Prosecution, Obfuscation, Possibility; Chapter Three - Beings: Unruly Things, Golems, Cyborgs; Chapter Four - Technology: Connections, Disruptions, Amplifications; Chapter Five - Domesticity: Cleaning, Mending, Caring; Chapter Six - Consuming: Shopping, Collecting, Hoarding; Chapter Seven - Sensing: Perceptions, Vibrations, Visions; Chapter Eight - Mortality: Death, Burial, Resurrection

About the Author

Susan Yelavich is Associate Professor of Design Studies at Parsons School of Design, NYC.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Design Studies

Routledge Research in Design Studies is a new series focusing on the study of design and its effects using analytical and practical methods of inquiry. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARC005080
ARCHITECTURE / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART015000
ART / History / General
ART015110
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
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DESIGN / General
DES008000
DESIGN / History & Criticism
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LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT014000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry
LIT020000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature
LIT024000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / General