The Secret Life of Things: Animals, Objects, and It-narratives in Eighteenth-century England
This collection enriches and complicates the history of prose fiction between Richardson and Fielding at mid-century and Austen at the turn of the century by focusing on it-narratives, a once popular form largely forgotten by readers and critics alike. The volume also advances important work on eighteenth-century consumer culture and the theory of things. The essays that comprise The Secret Life of Things thus bring new texts, and new ways of thinking about familiar ones, to our notice. Those essays range from the role of it-narratives in period debates about copyright to their complex relationship with object-riddled sentimental fictions, from anti-semitism in Chrysal to jingoistic imperialism in The Adventures of a Rupee, from the it-narrative as a variety of whore's biography to a consideration of its contributions to an emergent middle-class ideology.
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Animated Objects and Literary Property
Charles Johnstones Chrysal
Sex and Death
Fictional Point of View and Constructing
The Moral Ends of Eighteenth and NineteenthCentury
Victorian Diamond Narratives and
ItNarratives and Iteration
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