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Bodies and things in nineteenth-century literature and culture [electronic resource] /
edited by Katharina Boehm.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
description
xi, 254 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9780230369382
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
isbn
9780230369382
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Some essays evolved out of a conference, Bodies and Things: Victorian Literature and the Matter of Culture, held at the University of Oxford, in September 2008.
catalogue key
12024986
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-248) and index.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text provides fresh perspectives on the object world, embodied experience and materiality in nineteenth-century literature and culture. Contributors explore canonical works by Austen, Bronte, Dickens and James, alongside less-familiar texts and a range of objects including nineteenth-century automata, scrapbooks, museum exhibits and antiques.
Description for Bookstore
This collection develops new approaches to the object world, embodied experience, and materiality in nineteenth-century literature and culture
Long Description
In the nineteenth century, the relationship between the human body and the object world was redefined by momentous social, cultural, and scientific changes. This book traces the emergence of an exciting range of ideas about materiality, phenomenological experience, and the realm of objects in nineteenth-century literature and culture. The book features contributions by leading specialists in the field as well as the work of younger colleagues.The collection sheds new light on the porous boundaries, affinities, and frictions between bodies and things in the nineteenth-century imagination by drawing on the insights of gender studies, postcolonial studies, the history of science, and performance studies. The contributors explore canonical nineteenth-century works by Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, and Henry James, alongside less-familiar texts, such as travelogues, cartoons and scientific treatises, and a wide range of objects including nineteenth-century automata, scrapbooks, museum exhibits and antiques.
Main Description
In the nineteenth century, the relationship between the human body and the object world was redefined by momentous social, cultural, and scientific changes. This book traces the emergence of an exciting range of ideas about materiality, phenomenological experience, and the realm of objects in nineteenth-century literature and culture. The book features contributions by leading specialists in the field as well as the work of younger colleagues. The collection sheds new light on the porous boundaries, affinities, and frictions between bodies and things in the nineteenth-century imagination by drawing on the insights of gender studies, postcolonial studies, the history of science, and performance studies. The contributors explore canonical nineteenth-century works by Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, and Henry James, alongside less-familiar texts, such as travelogues, cartoons and scientific treatises, and a wide range of objects including nineteenth-century automata, scrapbooks, museum exhibits and antiques.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Introduction: Bodies and Thingsp. 1
Bodily Things and Thingly Bodies: Circumventing the Subject-Object Binaryp. 17
Spaces
'The end of all the privacy and propriety': Fanny's Dressing Room in Mansfield Parkp. 45
Modes of Wearing the Towel: Masculinity, Insanity, and Clothing in Trollope's 'The Turkish Bath'p. 66
Travellers' Bodies and Pregnant Things: Victorian Women in Imperial Conflict Zonesp. 84
Practices
Albums, Belongings, and Embodying the Femininep. 107
'Books in my Hands - Books in my Heart - Books in my Brain': Bibliomania, the Male Body, and Sensory Erotics in Late-Victorian Literaturep. 130
Collecting and the Body in Late-Victorian and Edwardian Museumsp. 153
Performances
Aesthetic Woman: The 'Fearful Consequence' of 'Living Up' to One's Antiquesp. 177
The Difference an Object Makes: Conscious Automaton Theory and the Decadent Cult of Artificep. 197
Epilogue
The Bodies of Thingsp. 221
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 249
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