The Literary Life of Things

Case Studies in American Fiction

Babette Bärbel Tischleder

Babette Bärbel Tischleder

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300 pages | 7 color plates | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $49.00 ISBN: 9783593500065 Published April 2014
Whether in the street or the microcosm of the home, the life of things conjoins human subjects and inanimate objects. This material culture has long played a vital role in the American literary imagination, yet scholars in literary and cultural studies have only recently (re)discovered the object world as a subject of critical inquiry. Engaging a great range of American literature—from Harriet Beecher Stowe and Edith Wharton to Vladimir Nabokov and Jonathan Franzen—The Literary Life of Things illuminates scenes of animation that disclose the aesthetic, affective, and ethical dimensions of our entanglement with the material world.
Bill Brown | author of “A Sense of Things: The Object Matter of American Literature”
“Babette Bärbel Tischleder’s readings of texts are no less fresh and forceful than the topics those texts bring into focus: object agency, obsolescence, patina, and (magnificently) the recalcitrance of things. The book is a timely and important contribution to American studies and to object studies both.”
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