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The Lives of ObjectsMaterial Culture, Experience, and the Real in the History of Early Christianity$
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Maia Kotrosits

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226707440

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226707617.001.0001

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The Lives of Objects

(p.1) Introduction
(p.iii) The Lives of Objects

Maia Kotrosits

University of Chicago Press

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.

Keywords:   material culture, new materialism, poststructuralism, critical race studies, psychoanalysis, fantasy, early Christianity, Greco-Roman world, citizenship, Freud

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