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On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection

Stewart, Susan

Published by Duke University Press Books
ISBN 10: 0822313669 / ISBN 13: 9780822313663
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Title: On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the...

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Binding: Soft cover

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1992. 10th Edition. Paperback. An analysis of the ways in which everyday objects are narrated to animate or realize certain versions of the world. Num Pages: 232 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: 2AB; DSA; HP. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 229 x 153 x 17. Weight in Grams: 392. Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection. 232 pages, illustrations. An analysis of the ways in which everyday objects are narrated to animate or realize certain versions of the world. Cateogry: (P) Professional & Vocational. BIC Classification: 2AB; DSA; HP. Dimension: 229 x 153 x 17. Weight: 390. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780822313663

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Synopsis: 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.

From the Back Cover: "The historical richness, psychological insight and sociological subtlety of the analyses Stewart develops in "On Longing" are exemplary for cultural studies."--Barbara Herrnstein Smith

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