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Other Things (Hardback)

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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 01/03/2016
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From the pencil to the puppet to the drone-the humanities continue to ride a wave of interest in material culture and the world of things. How should we understand the force and figure of that wave as it shapes different disciplines? In Other Things, Bill Brown explores this question by considering an assortment of objects-from beach glass to cell phones, sneakers to skyscrapers-that have fascinated a range of writers and artists, including Virginia Woolf, Man Ray, Spike Lee, and Don DeLillo. Brown ranges across the literary, visual, and plastic arts to depict the curious lives of things. Beginning with Achilles's Shield, then tracking the object/thing distinction as it appears in the work of Martin Heidegger and Jacques Lacan, he ultimately focuses on the thingness disclosed by specific literary and artistic works. Combining history and literature, criticism and theory, Brown provides a new way of understanding the inanimate object world and the place of the human within it, encouraging us to think anew about what we mean by materiality itself.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226076652
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 231 x 155 x 30 mm


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In Brown s supple mind, things are alive. Their theoretical twists and turns and stubborn materiality are not opposites, but interwoven dynamics material objects in a field of thingness.For more than a decade, Brown has explored the various meanings and operations of things in, and as, literature and the visual arts. His grasp of the subject, control of interpretation, and willingness to take intellectual risks make this book a necessary read for anyone interested in the things that provoke our intellectual curiosity. --James Cuno, The J. Paul Getty Trust"
"In Brown's supple mind, things are alive. Their theoretical twists and turns and stubborn materiality are not opposites, but interwoven dynamics--material objects in a field of thingness. For more than a decade, Brown has explored the various meanings and operations of things in, and as, literature and the visual arts. His grasp of the subject, control of interpretation, and willingness to take intellectual risks make this book a necessary read for anyone interested in the things that provoke our intellectual curiosity."--James Cuno, The J. Paul Getty Trust

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