The Dream of the Moving Statue
By (author) Kenneth Gross
Publication date:15 February 2006
Length of book:272 pages
PublisherPenn State University Press
We live among the images we have made, and those images have an uncanny life. They seduce, challenge, trap, transform, and even kill us; they speak and remain silent. Kenneth Gross's The Dream of the Moving Statue offers a far-ranging and probing exploration of how writers, artists, and filmmakers have imagined the power and life of statues, real and metaphoric, taking up examples from antiquity to modernity, from Ovid, Michelangelo, and Shakespeare to Freud, Rilke, and Charlie Chaplin. The book is about the fate of works of art and about the fate of our fantasies, words, and bodies, about the metamorphoses they undergo in our own and others’ minds.
—Froma I. Zeitlin, Princeton University, author of Playing the Other: Gender and Society in Classical Greece