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Healy, Ciara, 1979–

Language magic : lost words, lost worlds / Ciara Healy.

[Ireland] : www.ignition.ie, 2011.
Physical Description:
[30] p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7433.4.H43 L36 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Artist's book. Pages bear colour images of flowers and fauna with accompanying captions. Bound in color printed glossy boards.
"In late 2008 a sharp-eyed reader of the new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary noticed that there had been a significant culling of words concerning nature. Under pressure the Press revealed a list of the words it no longer felt to be relevant to a modern-day childhood. The words that had sholdered their way into the new edition of the dictionary include attachment, block-graph, celebrity, citizenship, compulsory, committee and database. The substitutions - the outdoors and natural being displaced by the interior and the virtual were a small but significant symptom of the administered and simulated life that we increasingly live. A basic language-literarc of nature is falling from us, and what is being lost along with this literacy is something perhaps even more valuable: a kind of language magic. The power that certain words possess to enchant our imaginative relations with nature and landscape." Text from Robert Macfarlane's 'A counter desecration phrasebook'"--Page [2].
Subject Terms:
Artists' books -- Ireland.
Botanical illustration -- Ireland.
Nature in art.
Women in natural history.
Artists' books.
Macfarlane, Robert, 1976- Counter desecration phrasebook.

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