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The literary life of things : case studies in American fiction

Author: Babette Bärbel Tischleder
Publisher: Frankfurt ; New York : Campus Verlag, [2014] ©2014
Series: Nordamerikastudien, Bd. 33.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : GermanView all editions and formats
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"Whether in the street or the microcosm of the home, the life of things conjoins human subjects and inanimate objects. Engaging a great range of American literature--from Harriet Beecher Stowe and Edith Wharton to Vladimir Nabokov and Jonathan Franzen--the book illuminates scenes of animation that disclose the aesthetic, affective, and ethical dimensions of our entanglement with the material world"--Provided by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Tischleder, Babette Bärbel, 1968-
Literary life of things.
Frankfurt ; New York : Campus Verlag, ©2014
(OCoLC)859583943
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Babette Bärbel Tischleder
ISBN: 9783593422954 3593422956
OCLC Number: 871859103
Description: 1 online resource (292 pages).
Contents: Introduction: Lively Objects-Scenes of Animation and the American Literary Imagination --
1. Sentimental Patina: The Ideal Ecology of Objects in Harriet Beecher Stowe's House and Home Papers --
2. Sacred Objects, Freakish Ornaments: Domestic Environmentalism in the Gilded Age --
3. The Scent of Things: Edith Wharton, Modern Subjectivity, and the Anatomy of Taste --
4. Object Trouble: Thing Theory, Vladimir Nabokov's Pnin, and the American Tradition of Recalcitrant Matter --
5. The Thingness of the Text: Jonathan Franzen's Rhopography of Obsolescence --
Epilogue: The Afterlife of Things.
Series Title: Nordamerikastudien, Bd. 33.
Responsibility: Babette Bärbel Tischleder.

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Contemplating the aesthetic and narrative forms of material life in American fiction as well as theoretical concepts of materiality, this book looks at renewed attention to the physical world within  Read more...

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Babette Barbel 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 Read more...

 
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