Fabrication: Essays on Making Things and Making Meaning

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MacAdam/Cage Publishing, 2001 - Psychology - 293 pages
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We are a nation of consumers. But where does what we buy come from? And how are these things made? In this meditation on manufacture, Susan Neville journeys to factories and plants in the heart of Indiana, looking for the sources of things. From these journeys, Neville learns how the process of canning tomatoes is similar to the process of making metal caskets. Watches thousands of blue globes spin through a room like planets. Learns how, and by whom, and how well, and why things are made, whether they be dolls or insulin, gyroscopes or glass. And, by focusing on process and production, Neville gives us new, uncommon perspectives from which to view our world, and ourselves. Fabrication is a beautifully reflective work about making things and making meaning.
 

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Contents

On Maps and Globes
7
Byzantium
19
Opalescence
39
And So I Hasten to Take This Opportunity
49
Arcadia
63
Veneer
77
Industrial Goth Night at the Melody Inn
95
Utilities
119
Smoke
159
In Sophias Red Shawl
183
Silo Dreams
203
Stimulation
215
Carboys
231
The Woman Who Sculpts the Dolls Is Named
253
Perfect Circle
267
Copyright

Nothing Obvious Was Happening in Indiana
135

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About the author (2001)

Neville is the Demia Butler Professor of English at Butler University.

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