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"The primacy of words over images has deep roots in Western culture. But what if the two are inextricably linked, equal partners in meaning-making? Written and drawn entirely as comics, Unflattening is an experiment in visual thinking. Nick Sousanis defies conventional forms of scholarly discourse to offer readers both a stunning work of graphic art and a serious inquiry into the ways humans construct knowledge. 'Unflattening' is an insurrection against the fixed viewpoint. Weaving together diverse ways of seeing drawn from science, philosophy, art, literature, and mythology, it uses the collage-like capacity of comics to show that perception is always an active process of incorporating and reevaluating different vantage points. While its vibrant, constantly morphing images occasionally serve as illustrations of text, they more often connect in nonlinear fashion to other visual references throughout the book. They become allusions, allegories, and motifs, pitting realism against abstraction and making us aware that more meets the eye than is presented on the page."--Amazon.com.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015
ISBN: 9780674744431
Characteristics: 193 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm


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Dec 30, 2015

(I found this book on my grandma's bookshelf, which was surprising because she generally can't stand comics.)
This book starts out with a terribly angsty description of how we are all just robots following repetitive routines, walking in ruts worn deep by our repetitive actions, which I found terribly boring after finishing the book Klickitat which deals with the same problems, although in a considerably less philosophical way.
The rest of the book is much better, talking about the importance of seeing things from multiple perspectives (both literally and metaphorically), and how that relates to comics where you get everything in the two formats of words and pictures. It takes the reader on a tour of geometry and more, tying everything together with the symbol of an eye.
I would have liked this book more if it went into more detail about all of the many things it talked about, but I still found it fascinating. I loved the 19 page bibliography and the sketches of how he drafted out the story.


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