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- DescriptionObjects we traditionally regard as mere imitations of the human-dolls, automata, puppets-proliferated in eighteenth-century England's rapidly expanding market culture. During the same period, there arose a literary genre called the vel that turned the experience of life into a narrated object of psychological plausibility. Park makes a bold intervention in histories of the rise of the vel by arguing that the material objects abounding in eighteenth-century England's consumer markets worked in conjunction with the vel, itself a commodity fetish, as vital tools for fashioning the modern self. As it constructs a history for the psychology of objects, The Self and It revises a story that others have viewed as originating later: in an age of Enlightenment, things have the power to move, affect people's lives, and most of all, enable a fictional genre of selfhood. The book demonstrates just how much the modern psyche-and its thrilling projections of artificial life -derive from the formation of the early vel, and the reciprocal activity between made things and invented identities that underlie it.
- Author BiographyJulie Park is Assistant Professor of English at Vassar College. She was formerly an editor of Eighteenth-Century Fiction.
- Author(s)Julie Park
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication21/10/2009
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Note19 illustrations
- Weight544 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine534 mm
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