Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture

Bodies and Things in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Editors: Boehm, K. (Ed.)

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This book provides fresh perspectives on the object world, embodied experience and materiality in nineteenth-century literature and culture. Contributors explore canonical works by Austen, Brontë, Dickens and James, alongside less-familiar texts and a range of objects including nineteenth-century automata, scrapbooks, museum exhibits and antiques.

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ANNE ANDERSON Independent scholar, UK ISOBEL ARMSTRONG Emeritus Professor of English (Geoffrey Tillotson Chair), Birkbeck College, University of London, UK BILL BROWN Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture, University of Chicago, USA STEFANIA FORLINI Assistant Professor in English, University of Calgary, Canada KATE HILL Senior Lecturer in History, University of Lincoln, UK KIRSTYN LEUNER Doctoral candidate in English, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA SAMANTHA MATTHEWS Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol, UK VICTORIA MILLS Birkbeck College, University of London, UK MUIREANN O'CINNEIDE Lecturer in English, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland CATHERINE SPOONER Senior Lecturer in English, Lancaster University, UK

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"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

"Isobel Armstrong contributes a brilliantly wide-ranging first chapter which forges fascinating connections between (among other things) Jane Eyre's favourite plate, Karl Marx's commoditized table, and several grotesque vases from the Great Exhibition... Bodies and Things is worth picking up for Armstrong's essay alone, but the rest of the collection does not disappoint in taking up the questions she sets out... These works by historians, art historians, and scholars of literature and culture are well marshalled into a collection that makes a significant intervention into the study of the object in the nineteenth century." Beth Palmer, Modern Language Review


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: Bodies and Things

    Pages 1-16

    Boehm, Katharina

  • Bodily Things and Thingly Bodies: Circumventing the Subject-Object Binary

    Pages 17-41

    Armstrong, Isobel

  • ‘The end of all the privacy and propriety’: Fanny’s Dressing Room in Mansfield Park

    Pages 45-65

    Leuner, Kirstyn

  • Modes of Wearing the Towel: Masculinity, Insanity, and Clothing in Trollope’s ‘The Turkish Bath’

    Pages 66-83

    Spooner, Catherine

  • Travellers’ Bodies and Pregnant Things: Victorian Women in Imperial Conflict Zones

    Pages 84-103

    O’Cinneide, Muireann

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bodies and Things in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Editors
  • K. Boehm
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-28365-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137283658
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-36938-2
Series ISSN
2634-6494
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 254
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