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Author LinkJohnson, Barbara,1947-2009.
Title LinkPersons and things / Barbara Johnson.
Edition 1st Harvard Univ. Press paperback ed.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 2010, c2008.
Description viii, 257 p. ;  24 cm.
Type of Material Book
Gen. Note Originally published: 2008.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-249) and index.
Contents Contents: Toys R us: legal persons, Personal pronouns, definitions -- The poetics of things: Marianne Moore and Francis Ponge -- Monuments -- Ego sum game -- The urn it -- Puppets and prostheses -- Using people: Kant with Winnicott -- Romancing the stone -- Surmounted beliefs -- Artificial life -- Real dolls -- Animation -- Face value -- Anthropomorphism in lyric and law -- Lost cause.
Summary "In Persons and Things, Johnson turns deconstruction around to make a fundamental contribution to the new aesthetics. She begins with the most elementary thing we know: deconstruction calls attention to gaps and reveals that their claims upon us are fraudulent. Johnson revolutionizes the method by showing that the inanimate thing exposed as a delusion is central to fantasy life, that fantasy life, however deluded, should be taken seriously, and that although a work of art "is formed around something missing," this "void is its vanishing point, not its essence." She shows that the void inside Keats’s urn, Heidegger’s jug, or Wallace Stevens’s jar forms the center around which we tend to organize our worlds."--p. [4] of cover.
Subject LinkLiterature -- Philosophy.
LinkHuman beings in literature.
LinkObject (Philosophy) in literature.

System Number 000662446
ISBN Link9780674046283 (pbk.)
Link0674046285 (pbk.)

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