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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Thomas Pynchon
Tristes Tropiques
John Weightman, Doreen Weightman, Patrick Wilcken, Claude Lévi-Strauss
Richard III
William Shakespeare
The Dwarf
Alexandra Dick, Pär Lagerkvist
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen, Cecil Day-Lewis
Richard Wolin
Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery
Jill Dunkerton, Susan Foister, Dillian Gordon, Nicholas Penny
Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics
Hubert L. Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow
Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel
Steven Weisenburger
A Cultural History of Gesture - Jan N. Bremmer, Herman Roodenburg, Keith Thomas habitus mentis enim in corporis status cernitur (St. Ambrose)....

Detailed, thoroughly bibliographed (slightly dry) academic studies of gesture. The Chapters are (I will add details as I go along):

Introduction. Keith Thomas (Very interesting). pp. 1-14
Ch. 1: Walking, Standing, and Sitting in Ancient Greek Culture. Jan Bremmer (Sterling scholarship), 15-35
Ch. 2: Gestures and Conventions (in Roman Oratory/Quintillian) and Stage). Fritz Graf
(in oratory, gesture was part of actio/hypokrisis and was formalized. Graf is an outstanding scholar),
pp. 36-58
Ch. 3: The Rational of Gestures in the West (3rd-13th cen.). J.-C. Schmitt, pp. 59-70. Very superficial
Ch. 4: The Language of Gesture in Early Modern Italy. Peter Burke (author of a Social History of Knowledge).
pp. 71-83

Academic conference papers - somewhat dry. Interesting, but uneven. The remainder of the ToC is:

Ch. 5: The Renaissance Elbow (84-128)
Ch. 6: Gesture in the ancien Regime (129-151)
Ch. 7: Shaking hands in the Dutch Republic (152-189)
Ch. 8: 18th cen. Poland - Gesture (190-209)
Ch. 9: The Kiss sacred and profane - Cross-cultural (210-236)
Ch. 10 Gestured Masculinity in rural Andalusia (237-252)

Followed by a detailed bibliography at pp. 253-260, plus index nominum et rerum