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Stories of stone


Explores the life of stone, following its matter-energy as it confounds the boundary between organic and inorganic, art and nature, human and mineral.

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    The outcropping of the bedrock along the Hudson Bay containing some of the oldest rocks yet discovered (Greenfieldboyce, 2008).

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    The hypothesis of Geoffrey Wainwright (see Cohen, forthcoming).

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    I take my examples from Marbode of Rennes (ca 1035–1123), De lapidus, the most influential source of rock knowledge in the Middle Ages; and the Livre de Sydrac (Holler, 1979), a popular later text derived in part from Marbode.


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Cohen, J. Stories of stone. Postmedieval 1, 56–63 (2010).

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