On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection

Front Cover
Duke University Press, 1984 - Literary Criticism - 213 pages
22 Reviews
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.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
9
4 stars
7
3 stars
4
2 stars
2
1 star
0

Review: On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection

User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

Though this was not at all helpful for my thesis, Stewart's prose is so pretty. Pretty pretty pretty. Pretty. (I skimmed it so I don't have any else evaluative to say about it.) Read full review

Review: On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection

User Review  - Rick - Goodreads

Parts of this book are quite fascinating. Other parts are beyond me. I guess I really should have taken philosophy at some point in my life. Read full review

Contents

ON DESCRIPTION AND THE BOOK
3
THE MINIATURE
37
THE GIGANTIC
70
THE IMAGINARY BODY 204
104
OBJECTS OF DESIRE 232
132
The Collection Paradise of Consumption
151
The Female Impersonator
166
Notes
174
Selected Bibliography
193
Index
205
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1984)

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.

Bibliographic information