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The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel (large print)
- Format: Largeprint - Paperback
- Released: 19 October 2010
- Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
- ISBN: 9780226261638
- Category: Large Print Books Non-fiction Language & literature
- Availability: Usually delivered within 14 days.
- Our Price: £16.00
- Author Biography: Elaine Freedgood is professor of English at New York University.
- Format(inches): 8x5
- Format(mm): 216x140
- Number Of Pages: 184
- Product Weight: 272gm
- Publisher Statement: large type edition
"The Ideas in Things" explores apparently inconsequential objects in popular Victorian texts to make contact with their fugitive meanings. Developing an innovative approach to analyzing nineteenth-century fiction, Elaine Freedgood reconnects the things readers unwittingly ignore to the stories they tell. Building her case around objects from three well-known Victorian novels - Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton, and Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Freedgood argues that these things are connected to histories that the novels barely acknowledge, generating darker meanings outside the novels' symbolic systems. A valuable contribution to the field of object studies, "The Ideas in Things" pushes readers' thinking about things beyond established concepts of commodity and fetish.
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