On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection / Edition 1

On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection / Edition 1

by Susan Stewart
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822313669

ISBN-13: 9780822313663

Pub. Date: 12/19/1992

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


Miniature books, eighteenth-century novels, Tom Thumb weddings, tall tales, and objects of tourism and nostalgia: this diverse group of cultural forms is the subject of On Longing, a fascinating analysis of the ways in which everyday objects are narrated to animate or realize certain versions of the world. Originally published in 1984 (Johns Hopkins

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Miniature books, eighteenth-century novels, Tom Thumb weddings, tall tales, and objects of tourism and nostalgia: this diverse group of cultural forms is the subject of On Longing, a fascinating analysis of the ways in which everyday objects are narrated to animate or realize certain versions of the world. Originally published in 1984 (Johns Hopkins University Press), and now available in paperback for the first time, this highly original book draws on insights from semiotics and from psychoanalytic, feminist, and Marxist criticism. Addressing the relations of language to experience, the body to scale, and narratives to objects, Susan Stewart looks at the "miniature" as a metaphor for interiority and at the "gigantic" as an exaggeration of aspects of the exterior. In the final part of her essay Stewart examines the ways in which the "souvenir" and the "collection" are objects mediating experience in time and space.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822313663
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/19/1992
Edition description:
1st paperback ed
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
386,911
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)
Lexile:
1460L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface/Hyperbole,
Prologue,
1. On Description and the Book,
2. The Miniature,
3. The Gigantic,
4. The Imaginary Body,
5. Objects of Desire,
Part I. The Souvenir,
Part II. The Collection, Paradise of Consumption,
Conclusion/Litotes,
Notes,
Selected Bibliography,
Index,

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