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Gesture
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The term gesture refers to the human capacity for expression based on body language, posture, and movement, both in the sense of involuntary expression of emotion (e.g. fig. 1 below) and also in the sense of deliberate communication (e.g. fig. 2 below). The German term Mimik (Mime), unlike English mime, by contrast, is limited to facial expression alone, although until well into the 19th century it was also used as a synonym [8. 152–162]. Physiognomy is distinguished from gesture and mime in that it denotes character traits permanently associated with the body and its movemen…

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Rehm, Ulrich, “Gesture”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_020142>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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