Other Things by Bill BrownOther Things by Bill Brown

Other Things

byBill Brown

Hardcover | January 8, 2016

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From the pencil to the puppet to the drone—the humanities and the social sciences continue to ride a wave of interest in material culture and the world of things. How should we understand the force and figure of that wave as it shapes different disciplines? Other Things explores this question by considering a wide assortment of objects—from beach glass to cell phones, sneakers to skyscrapers—that have fascinated a range of writers and artists, including Virginia Woolf, Man Ray, Spike Lee, and Don DeLillo.

The book ranges across the literary, visual, and plastic arts to depict the curious lives of things. Beginning with Achilles’s Shield, then tracking the object/thing distinction as it appears in the work of Martin Heidegger and Jacques Lacan, Bill Brown ultimately focuses on the thingness disclosed by specific literary and artistic works. Combining history and literature, criticism and theory, Other Things provides a new way of understanding the inanimate object world and the place of the human within it, encouraging us to think anew about what we mean by materiality itself.
Bill Brown is the Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture at the University of Chicago and a coeditor of Critical Inquiry. He is the author of several books, including A Sense of Things: The Object Matter of American Literature, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Title:Other ThingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:January 8, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226076652

ISBN - 13:9780226076652


Editorial Reviews

“Audacious and profound, Brown rereads the great theorists and philosophers of modernism to create new categories—redemptive reification, misuse value, the meta-object—to explore a counter-history of the elusive ‘other thing.’ The art and literature of American and European modernist culture, he brilliantly argues, yield up the incandescence of the other thing once it can be emancipated from the teleology of commodity and war.”