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Lawrence Kramer

in Interpreting Music

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267053
eISBN:
9780520947368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267053.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Music is intangible but we cannot know it without treating it as a virtual something. We treat music as an entity, and to understand it we treat it as if it contained entities: chords, motives, ... More


Misuse:: From Aesthetics to Practice

Raymond Malewitz

in The Practice of Misuse: Rugged Consumerism in Contemporary American Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791960
eISBN:
9780804792998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791960.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter provides a conceptual bridge between contemporary thing theories, which champion the aesthetic products of the creative misuse of objects, and new materialisms, which use the same ... More


A Model Theory: Thinking Through Hermeneutical Things

Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair

in Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780262034357
eISBN:
9780262332064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034357.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

What sort of thing is a text analysis tool and how does it bear theory? The ninth chapter looks at how things like models or demonstration devices can be used to share theories. This helps us ... More


Little Things Mean a Lot: The Everyday Material of Palestine

Ann D’Orazio

in The Comics of Joe Sacco: Journalism in a Visual World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781496802217
eISBN:
9781496802262
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802217.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Using Bill Brown’s “thing theory” and Jane Bennett’s materialist theory, Ann D’Orazio analyzes how objects such as tea, tomatoes, trees, and the hijab function as nonhuman agents in Sacco’s ... More


At the Mercy of Their Clothes: Modernism, the Middlebrow, and British Garment Culture

Celia Marshik

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231175043
eISBN:
9780231542968
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231175043.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

In much of modern fiction, it is the clothes that make the character. Garments embody personal and national histories. They convey wealth, status, aspiration, and morality (or a lack thereof). They ... More


The Gravity of Things

Mary Jacobus

in Romantic Things: A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226390666
eISBN:
9780226390680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226390680.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Gravity and language are both material and immaterial entities all at once, entities that we are not so sure about how they work. A poet’s words, as Wordsworth puts it, should be weighed in the ... More


Postmodernism in Pieces: Materializing the Social in U.S. Fiction

Matthew Mullins

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190459505
eISBN:
9780190459529
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459505.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book re-examines the orthodoxies of literary postmodernism in light of recent theoretical developments such as new materialism, Actor-Network-Theory, object-oriented philosophy, and, to a lesser ... More


That Swell New Thing

Aaron Jaffe

in The Way Things Go: An Essay on the Matter of Second Modernism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816692019
eISBN:
9781452949017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692019.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

There has been an emergence of seemingly insignificant novelty items found in modernity’s prop locker, all of which occupy the imaginary middle ground between stuff and waste. These items can be ... More


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