The ideas in things : fugitive meaning in the Victorian novel / Elaine Freedgood.

While the Victorian novel famously describes, catalogs, and inundates the reader with things, the protocols for reading it have long enjoined readers not to interpret most of what crowds its pages. The Ideas in Things explores apparently inconsequential objects in popular Victorian texts to make con...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Freedgood, Elaine
Format: eBook
Published: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006.
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: Reading things
  • Souvenirs of sadism: mahogany furniture, deforestations, and slavery in Jane Eyre
  • Coziness and its vicissitudes: checked curtains and global cotton markets in Mary Barton
  • Realism, fetishism, and genocide: negro head tobacco in and around Great Expectations
  • Toward a history of literary underdetermination: standardizing meaning in Middlemarch
  • Coda: Victorian thing culture and the way we read now.