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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.


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.


Reviews

"This remarkable collection of essays makes an important contribution to the study of material culture in the nineteenth century, querying not just the obsessive prevalence of 'things' in the literature of the period but also the limits and margins of that material world." - Journal of Victorian Culture


Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Bodies and Things; K.Boehm
Bodily Things and Thingly Bodies: Circumventing the Subject-Object Binary; I.Armstrong
PART I: SPACES
'The end of all the privacy and propriety': Fanny's Dressing Room in Mansfield Park; K.Leuner
Modes of Wearing the Towel: Masculinity, Insanity, and Clothing in Trollope's 'Turkish Bath'; C.Spooner
Travellers Bodies and Pregnant Things: Victorian Women in Imperial Conflict Zones; M.O'Cinneide
PART II: PRACTICES
Albums, Belongings, and Embodying the Feminine; S.Matthews
'Books in my Hands – Books in my Heart – Books in my Brain': Bibliomania, the Male Body, and Sensory Erotics in Late-Victorian Literature; V.Mills
Collecting and the Body in Late-Victorian and Edwardian Museums; K.Hill
PART III: PERFORMANCES
Aesthetic Woman: The 'Fearful Consequence' of 'Living Up' to One's Antiques; A.Anderson
The Difference an Object Makes: Conscious Automaton Theory and the Decadent Cult of Artifice; S.Forlini
PART IV: EPILOGUE
The Bodies of Things; B.Brown
Works Cited
Index


Authors

KATHARINA BOEHM is Assistant Professor in English Literature at the University of Regensburg, Germany. Her work has been published in Victorian Review, Studies in the Novel, and Journal of Victorian Culture. She is currently completing a monograph on Dickens, popular science, and childhood.