On Longing by Susan Stewart
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On Longing
By Susan Stewart

On Longing

Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection

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On Longing by Susan Stewart

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780822313663
ISBN-10: 0822313669
Format: Paperback
(152mm x 229mm x 19mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 19-Dec-1992
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Susan Stewart

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.

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