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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

We are born into blankets. They keep us alive and they cover us in death. We pull and tug on blankets to see us through the night or an illness. They shield us in mourbaning and witness our most intimate pleasures.

Curious, fearless, vulnerable, and critical, Blanket interweaves cultural critique with memoir to cast new light on a ubiquitous object. Kara Thompson reveals blankets everywhere—film, art, geology, disasters, battlefields, resistance, home—and transforms an ordinary thing into a vibrant and vital carrier of stories and secrets, an object of inheritance and belonging, a companion to uncover.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628922653
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/20/2018
Series: Object Lessons
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kara Thompson is an Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at the College of William and Mary, USA. Her essays have appeared in Tine House, Avidly, The Philosophical Salon, and The Atlantic.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader
Preface: Convolute

Unfold 1
1. Death Drive
Unfold 2
2. Folds
Unfold 3
3. Transmission, Extraction
Unfold 4
4. Security
Unfold 5
5. Under Cover
Unfold 6
6. Carriers
Unfold 7

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