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Things : Critical Inquiry Book - Bill Brown

Things

Critical Inquiry Book

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Published: 1st May 2004
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This book is an invitation to think about why children chew pencils; why we talk to our cars, our refrigerators, our computers; rosary beads and worry beads; Cuban cigars; why we no longer wear hats that we can tip to one another and why we don't seem to long to; what has been described as bourgeois longing. It is an invitation to think about the fetishism of daily life in different times and in different cultures. It is an invitation to rethink several topics of critical inquiry—camp, collage, primitivism, consumer culture, museum culture, the aesthetic object, still life, "things as they are," Renaissance wonders, "the thing itself"—within the rubric of "things," not in an effort to foreclose the question of what sort of things these seem to be, but rather to suggest new questions about how objects produce subjects, about the phenomenology of the material everyday, about the secret life of things.

Based on an award-winning special issue of the journal Critical Inquiry, Things features eighteen thought-evoking essays by contributors including Bill Brown, Matthew L. Jones, Bruno Latour, W. J. T. Mitchell, Jessica Riskin, Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Peter Schwenger, Charity Scribner, and Alan Trachtenberg.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Idea of Things and the Ideas in Them One
The Tyranny of Things Fetishisms Object Lessons
A Trivial Thing Democratic Objects Two
The Nature of Things Iteration Creatures of Habit Possession
The Miracle of History Misuse Value Three
Regional Artifacts Natural Histories Life-Groups and the Cultural
Thing Material History "A Kind of Fetichism" Waste Matter Modernist Archeology Four
The Decoration of Houses Decor
The Novel Demeuble Reification as Utopia
Things to Think With Golden Bowls Coda
The Death and Life of Things: Modernity and Modernism
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780226076126
ISBN-10: 0226076121
Series: Critical Inquiry Book
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 16.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.77