The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel
While the Victorian novel famously describes, catalogs, and inundates the reader with things, the protocols for reading it have long enjoined readers not to interpret most of what crowds its pages. The Ideas in Things explores apparently inconsequential objects in popular Victorian texts to make contact with their fugitive meanings. Developing an innovative approach to analyzing nineteenth-century fiction, Elaine Freedgood here reconnects the things readers unwittingly ignore to the stories they tell.
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This is a solid work of criticism, despite its relatively diminutive size. Freedgood takes particular instances of "things" in Victorian novels--Jane Eyre's mahogany furniture, Mary Barton's checked ... Read full review