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By Elaine Freedgood

The principles in Things explores it appears inconsequential items in renowned Victorian texts to make touch with their fugitive meanings. constructing an leading edge method of interpreting nineteenth-century fiction, Elaine Freedgood reconnects the issues readers unwittingly forget about to the tales they inform. construction her case round gadgets from 3 famous Victorian novels—Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton, and Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations—Freedgood argues that these items are hooked up to histories that the novels slightly recognize, producing darker meanings outdoor the novels’ symbolic platforms. A important contribution to the sphere of item experiences, The rules in Things pushes readers’ wondering issues past verified ideas of commodity and fetish.

“Ultimately, what Freedgood generates is much greater than a brand new set of readings of key Victorian texts. In her vital venture of convalescing the that means of items, Freedgood demonstrates the massive delights and rewards of literal-mindedness.”—Victorian Studies

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