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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.

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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.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-204) and index.

About the Author

Susan Stewart, Professor of English at Temple University, is the author of Crimes of Writing: Problems in the Containment of Representation and Nonsense: Aspects of Intertextuality in Folklore and Literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822313663
Author:
Stewart, Susan
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Stewart
Author:
Stewart, James
Location:
Durham :
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Discourse analysis
Subject:
History, criticism and surveys
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Discourse analysis, narrative
Subject:
Semiotics and literature.
Subject:
Sâemiotique et littâerature
Subject:
Discours narratif
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
19930531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 illustrations
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9.00x6.03x.74 in. .86 lbs.

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