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Malicious objects, anger management, and the question of modern literature

Author: Jörg Kreienbrock
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2013.
Series: JSTOR EBA.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Why do humans get angry with objects? Why is it that a malfunctioning computer, a broken tool, or a fallen glass causes an outbreak of fury? How is it possible to speak of an inanimate object's recalcitrance, obstinacy, or even malice? When things assume a will of their own and seem to act out against human desires and wishes rather than disappear into automatic, unconscious functionality, the breakdown is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Kreienbrock, Jörg, 1969-
Malicious objects, anger management, and the question of modern literature.
(DLC) 2012027145
(OCoLC)785077498
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jörg Kreienbrock
ISBN: 9780823245314 0823245314 9780823250721 0823250725 0823250512 9780823250516
OCLC Number: 915134886
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction: how (not) to do things with doors --
"When things move upon bad hinges": Sterne and stoicism --
Annoying bagatelles: Jean Paul and the comedy of the quotidian --
Malicious objects: Friedrich Theodor Vischer and the (non)functionality of things --
Igniting anger: Heimito von Doderer and the psychopathology of everyday rage.
Series Title: JSTOR EBA.
Responsibility: Jörg Kreienbrock.

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This study investigates the relationship of objects and affects in literary and philosophical texts from the 18th to the 20th century. It focuses on the obstinate obtrusiveness of objects, which  Read more...

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