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A sense of things : the object matter of American literature

Author: Bill Brown
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2003.
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"Brown's new study explores the roots of modern America's fascination with things and the problem that objects posed for American literature at the turn of the century. This was an era when the invention, production, distribution, and consumption of things suddenly came to define a national culture. Brown shows how crucial novels of the time made things not a solution to problems, but problems in their own right.  Read more...
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Brown, Bill, 1958-
Sense of things : the object matter of American literature.
Chicago, Illinois ; London, [England] : The University of Chicago Press, ©2003
xii, 245 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Brown
ISBN: 9780226076317 0226076318
OCLC Number: 1022707565
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 245 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The idea of things and the ideas in them --
The tyranny of things --
The nature of things --
Regional artifacts --
The decoration of houses --
The death and life of things : modernity and modernism.
Responsibility: Bill Brown.

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"Brown's new study explores the roots of modern America's fascination with things and the problem that objects posed for American literature at the turn of the century. This was an era when the invention, production, distribution, and consumption of things suddenly came to define a national culture. Brown shows how crucial novels of the time made things not a solution to problems, but problems in their own right. Writers such as Mark Twain, Frank Norris, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Henry James ask why and how we use objects to make meaning, to make or remake ourselves, to organize our anxieties and affections, to sublimate our fears, and to shape our wildest dreams. Offering a remarkably new way to think about materialism. A Sense of Things will be essential reading for anyone interested in American literature and culture."--Jacket.

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