Alfred (Antony Francis) Gell
(June 12, 1945-January 28, 1997) was a British social anthropologist
whose most influential work concerned art
, language, symbolism and ritual
. He was trained by Edmund Leach
(MPhil, Cambridge University
) and Raymond Firth
(PhD, London School of Economics
) and did his fieldwork in Melanesia
and tribal India
. Gell taught at the London School of Economics, among other places. He died of cancer at the age of 51.
Selected bibliography of works by Alfred Gell
- 1975 Metamorphosis of the Cassowaries: Umeda Society, Language and Ritual. London: Athlone.
- 1992a Under the Sign of the Cassowary. In Shooting the Sun: Ritual and Meaning in the West Sepik. B. Juillerat, ed. Pp. 125-143. Washington, D.C.; Smithsonian Institution Press.
- 1992b The Technology of Enchantment and the Enchantment of Technology. In Anthropology, Art and Aesthetics. J. Coote and A. Shelton, eds. Pp. 40-66. Oxford: Clarendon.
- 1992c The Anthropology of Time: Cultural Constructions of Temporal Maps and Images. Oxford: Berg.
- 1993 Wrapping in Images: Tattooing in Polynesia. Oxford: Clarendon.
- 1995 The Language of the Forest: Landscape and Phonological Iconism in Umeda. In The Anthropology of Landscape: Perspectives on Place and Space. E. Hirsch and M. O'Hanlon, eds. Pp. 232-254. Oxford: Clarendon.
- 1996 Vogel's Net: Traps as Artworks and Artworks as Traps. Journal of Material Culture 1:15-38.
- 1998 Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory. Oxford: Clarendon.
- 1999 The Art of Anthropology: Essays and Diagrams. London: Athlone.