Biographies & Space
Placing the Subject in Art and Architecture
Edited by Dana Arnold, Joanna Sofaer Derevenski
Routledge – 2007 – 210 pages
Bringing together a collection of high-profile authors, Biographies and Space presents essays exploring the relationship between biography and space and how specific subjects are used as a means of explaining sets of social, cultural and spatial relationships.
Biographical methods of historical investigation can bring out the authentic voice of subjects, revealing personal meanings and strategies in space as well as providing a means to analyze relations between the personal and the social. Writing about both actual (architectural) and imagined (pictorial) space, the authors consider issues of gender, childhood, sexuality and race, highlighting an increasing fluidity and interaction between theory, methods and history.
Biographies and Space is an original and exciting new book, with direct relevance to both architectural and art history.
Dana Arnold is Professor of Architectural History at the University of Southampton. She has written extensively on art and architectural history and theory. Recent books include Rural Urbanism (2006); Art History: a very short introduction (2004) and the edited volume Rethinking Architectural Historiography (2006)
Joanna Sofaer is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Southampton. She has published widely on ancient and modern material culture. She is the author of The Body as Material Culture: A Theoretical Osteoarchaeology (2006), and editor of Material Identities (2007).