Material Unconscious

Material Unconscious

by Bill Brown
     
 

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, 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 American 1890s. As revealed in Crane's disavowing… See more details below

Overview

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, 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 American 1890s. As revealed in Crane's disavowing appropriation of an emerging mass culture--from football games and freak shows to roller coasters and early cinema--the decade reappears as an underexposed moment in the genealogy of modernism and modernity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674553811
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations

Introduction: Recreation and Representation

Economies of Play

The Material Unconscious

Spacing: Realism, Recreation, Romance

Stephen Crane

Recreational Space: Methodism and Its Discontents

Rational and Irrational Recreation

The Pleasure Machine

Visibility

The Machine in the Garden

Deep Play

Recreational Time

The Economic Problem of Masochism

Melodramatic Economy

The Chance-Thing and the Logic of New Historicism

Interlude: The Agony of Play in "The Open Boat"

The War Game: Bodies in Motion, Bodies at Rest

Spectatorship

Embodiment

The Photographic Body

Exquisite Correspondents

American Childhood and Stephen Crane's Toys

Producing the Child

Producing the Toy

Economies of Childhood

Recreational Realism

Monstrosity

Museums, Monsters, Minstrels

Typology, Faciality, Monstrosity

Teratology in the Field of Vision

Monsters and Modernism

Coda

Uneven Development

Henry's Fate

Notes

Index

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