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The Agency of Objects in English Prose, 1789-1832 - Conspicuous Things

The Agency of Objects in English Prose, 1789-1832 - Conspicuous Things

von: Nikolina Hatton

Palgrave Macmillan, 2020

ISBN: 9783030491116 , 247 Seiten

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The Agency of Objects in English Prose, 1789-1832 - Conspicuous Things


 

The Agency of Objects in English Prose, 1789-1832: Conspicuous Things engages with new materialist methodologies to examine shifting perceptions of nonhuman agency in English prose at the turn of the nineteenth century. Examining texts as diverse as it-narratives, the juvenile writings and novels of Jane Austen, De Quincey's autobiographical writings, and silver fork novels, Nikolina Hatton demonstrates how object agency is viewed in this period as constitutive-not just in regard to human subjectivity but also in aesthetic creation. Objects appear in these novels and short prose works as aids, intermediaries, adversaries, and obstructions, as well as both intimately connected to humans and strangely alien. Through close readings, the book traces how object agency, while sometimes perceived as a threat by authors and characters, also continues to be understood as a source of the delightfully unexpected-in everyday life as well as in narrative.



Nikolina Hatton is Assistant Professor at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, where she researches early modern women's writing. She is co-editor of Hacks, Quacks & Impostors: Affected and Assumed Identities in Literature (2019). Her work has appeared in Open Cultural Studies.