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Poetry in a World of ThingsAesthetics and Empiricism in Renaissance Ekphrasis$
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Rachel Eisendrath

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226516585

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226516752.001.0001

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Coda: Make Me Not Object

Coda: Make Me Not Object

(p.151) Chapter Six Coda: Make Me Not Object
Poetry in a World of Things

Rachel Eisendrath

University of Chicago Press

This brief final chapter expands the scope of the book by considering the problem of thingliness in literature from a new angle: how some characters (especially female ones) do not want to be understood as things. As though speaking for the text, these characters protest becoming reified constructions of a future history. The book closes by exploring, in both ancient and early modern texts, the very roots of art’s problematic relation with its own status as an object.

Keywords:   Virgil, William Shakespeare, Homer, Theodor W. Adorno, Helen, reification, objects of history, Miguel de Cervantes, Cleopatra, John Webster

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