A Sense Of Things

A Sense of Things
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release Date
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 260
ISBN 9780226076317
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews
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In May 1906, the Atlantic Monthly commented that Americans live not merely in an age of things, but under the tyranny of them, and that in our relentless effort to sell, purchase, and accumulate things, we do not possess them as much as they possess us. For Bill Brown, the tale of that possession is something stranger than the history of a culture of consumption. It is the story of Americans using things to think about themselves. Brown's captivating new study explores the roots of modern America's fascination with things and the problem that objects posed for American literature at the turn of the century. This was an era when the invention, production, distribution, and consumption of things suddenly came to define a national culture. Brown shows how crucial novels of the time made things not a solution to problems, but problems in their own right. Writers such as Mark Twain, Frank Norris, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Henry James ask why and how we use objects to make meaning, to make or remake ourselves, to organize our anxieties and affections, to sublimate our fears, and to shape our wildest dreams. Offering a remarkably new way to think about materialism, A Sense of Things will be essential reading for anyone interested in American literature and culture.

A Sense of Things
  • Author : Bill Brown
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2010-12-28

In May 1906, the Atlantic Monthly commented that Americans live not merely in an age of things, but under the tyranny of them, and that in our relentless effort to sell, purchase, and accumulate things, we do not possess them as much as they possess us. For Bill Brown, the tale

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The Making Sense of Things
  • Author : George Choundas
  • Publisher : University of Alabama Press
  • Release Date : 2018-03-06

A grand tour of the edges of our lives, where glory and significance riot against the logic of living and the pall of tragedy.

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The Sense of Things
  • Author : Angela Ales Bello
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2015-05-05

This book proposes a new interpretative key for reading and overcoming the binary of idealism and realism. It takes as its central issue for exploration the way in which human consciousness unfolds, i.e., through the relationship between the I and the world—a field of phenomenological investigation that cannot

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Wallace Stevens
  • Author : James Longenbach
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 1991

Most readers of Wallace Stevens wonder at his 'double life'; the poet and the lawyer who worked in the insurance business. But Longenbach argues that Stevens lived no such double life. By examining a full range of Stevens' writing in the context of American political and intellectual history, Longenbach's book

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The Material Unconscious
  • Author : Bill Brown,William Brown
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 1996

Within the ephemera of the everyday--old photographs, circus posters, iron toys--lies a challenge to America's dominant cultural memory. What this memory has left behind, Bill Brown recovers in the "material unconscious" of Stephen Crane's work, the textual residues of daily sensations that add up to a new history of the

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13 Things That Don t Make Sense
  • Author : Michael Brooks
  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release Date : 2010

Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense.Even today there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar anomalies have revolutionised our world: in the sixteenth century, a set of celestial irregularities led Copernicus to realise that the

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The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics
  • Author : A. W. Moore
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2012

This book charts the evolution of metaphysics since Descartes and provides a compelling case for why metaphysics matters.

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The Book of Nature  or  the True sense of things explained and made easy to the capacities of children     The twelfth edition
  • Author : William Jones
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1855

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Reading the Way of Things
  • Author : Daniel Coffeen
  • Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-08-26

A Deleuzian guide to reading the world, Reading the Way of Things is an exploration of the ideas of McLuhan, Deleuze, Guattari, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Burroughs, and more. It is a book that aims at getting the reader past teleological interpretations and questions, letting the reader in on new ways of

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Plain Sense of Things
  • Author : James C. Edwards
  • Publisher : Penn State Press
  • Release Date : 2010-11-01

Edwards (philosophy, Furman U.) describes a religious way of living that relies on neither religion's traditional power nor the current enthusiasm for values. He first provides an historical introduction, paying special attention to Kierkegaard and the early work of Heidegger. He then analyzes Heidegger's notion of "poetic dwelling on the

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The Book of Nature  Or  The True Sense of Things
  • Author : William Jones
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1794

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What s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian  New Edition with Study Guide
  • Author : Martin Thielen
  • Publisher : Westminster John Knox Press
  • Release Date : 2013-02-13

Pastor and author Martin Thielen has compiled a list of ten things people need to believe, and ten things they don't, in order to be a Christian. This lively and engaging book will be a help to seekers as well as a comfort to believers who may find themselves questioning

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How to Make Sense of Any Mess
  • Author : Abby Covert
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Release Date : 2014-11-04

Everything is getting more complex. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of information we encounter each day. Whether at work, at school, or in our personal endeavors, there's a deepening (and inescapable) need for people to work with and understand information.Information architecture is the way that

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The Sense of an Ending
  • Author : Julian Barnes
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-10-05

Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-selling Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be Frightened Of and, most recently, Pulse. This intense new novel

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The Things We Do That Make No Sense
  • Author : Adam Schuitema
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-01-15

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