The Lives of Objects
This Introduction offers context for the contemporary fascination with what physically remains of the past and with tangible objects that characterizes the turn toward "new materialism"—a turn taking place in studies in the ancient world and well beyond it. It sets out the ancient social and cultural landscape as it relates to the politics and materiality of life and death, suggesting that what we call "early Christian" literature be understood as offering a window into larger cultural preoccupations. It also argues that psychoanalytic theory, inflected by feminist, queer, and critical race theories, can be illuminating for both this contemporary fascination and the ancient world.
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