The Messages We Send: Social Signals and Storytelling

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2017.12.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews G. R. F. Ferrari, The Messages We Send: Social Signals and Storytelling, Oxford University Press, 2017, 190pp., $35.00, IBSN 9780198798422. Reviewed by Paisley Livingston, Uppsala University and the University of Copenhagen Ferrari develops a Gricean approach to understanding the various kinds of covert signalling he calls 'intimation'. He finds intimation prevalent in everyday life and deems it fundamental to the representational arts. In a first, brief theoretical chapter, he identifies some of his assumptions about intimation. Chapter 2 is devoted to the meanings conveyed by clothes. Ferrari engages critically and persuasively with the sociological and semiotic literature on the topic. In chapters 3 and 4 Ferrari identifies storytelling and lyric as instances of two different kinds of intimation. The final chapter briefly suggests ways in which the intimative model of storytelling sheds light on. . .

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