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Understanding Representation offers an accessible, engaging, and genuinely interdisciplinary introduction to the concept of representation. Drawing together the ideas, practices, and techniques associated with the subject, this book puts them in historical context and demonstrates their relevance to everyday life. Topics include linguistic and political representation, art and media, and philosophical and cognitive approaches.

Representation and the Subject/the Subject of Representation
Representation and the subject/the subject of representation

The previous chapters have pointed out the gap between reality and representation, and the difficulty in succeeding in what the concept's name suggests it can do: to re-present; to make present again. This chapter introduces the idea of the subject, which is to say people: me, you, and everyone else in the world. This, it could be assumed, drags the question of reality and presence back into the equation. Surely if there is one real thing, it is an individual human existence? Each of us has an empirical being – we can be measured and recorded, our existence can be tested and our life compassed. We don't have to be represented: we ...

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