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The Self and It: Novel Objects in Eighteenth-Century England

Julie Park


Objects 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 novel” that turned the experience of life into a narrated object of psychological plausibility. The author of this book makes an intervention in histories of the rise of the novel by arguing that the material objects abounding in eighteenth-century England's consumer markets worked in conjunction with the novel, itself a commodity fetish, as vital tools for fashi ... More

Keywords: dolls, automata, puppets, eighteenth-century England, market culture, novel, material objects, consumer markets, commodity fetish, psychology of objects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804756969
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804756969.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Park, author