Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - The Material Unconscious by Bill Brown

Within the ephemera of the everyday - old photographs, circus posters, iron toys - lies a challenge to America's dominant cultural memory. What this memory has left behind, Bill Brown recovers in the "material unconscious" of Stephen Crane's work, the textual residues of daily sensations that add up to a new history of the American 1890s. As revealed in Crane's appropriation of an emerging mass culture - from football games and freak shows to roller coasters and early cinema - the decade reappears as an underexposed moment in the genealogy of modernism and modernity. Brown's story begins on the Jersey Shore, in Ashbury Park, where Crane became a writer in the shadow of his father, a grimly serious Methodist minster who vilified the popular amusements his son adored. The coastal resorts became the stage for debates about technology, about the body's visibility, about a black service class and the new mass access to leisure. From this snapshot of a recreational scene that would continue to inspire Crane's sensational modernism, Brown takes us to New York's Bowery. There, in the visual culture established by dime museums, minstrel shows and the Kodak craze, he exhibits Crane dramatically obscuring the typology of race. Along the way, Brown demonstrates how attitudes toward play transformed the image of war, the idea of childhood and nationhood, and the concept of culture itself. And by developing a new conceptual apparatus (with such notions as "recreational time", "abstract leisure" and the "amusement/knowledge system"), he provides the groundwork for a new politics of pleasure. A theorization of how cultural studies can and should proceed, "The Material Unconscious" insists that in the very conjecture of canonical literature and mass culture, we can best understand how proliferating and competing economies of play disrupt the so-called "logic" and "work" of culture.

Buy The Material Unconscious by Bill Brown from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780674553811
ISBN-10: 0674553810
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 21mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1997
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - The Material Unconscious by Bill Brown

Book Reviews - The Material Unconscious by Bill Brown

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Material Unconscious book by Bill Brown and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Bill Brown

Bill Brown is Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

Books By Bill Brown

Literary Theory for Beginners by Bill Brown
Paperback, May 2017
Houston to Cooperstown by Bill Brown
Hardback, April 2017
Morning Window by Bill Brown
Paperback / softback, January 2017
Other Things by Bill Brown
Hardback, January 2016