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Object Oriented Environs is the lively archive of a critical confluence between the environmental turn so vigorous within early modern studies, and thing theory (object oriented ontology, vibrant materialism, the new materialism and speculative realism). The book unfolds a conversation that attempts to move beyond anthropocentrism and examine nonhumans at every scale, their relations to each other, and the ethics of human enmeshment within an agentic material world. The diverse essays, reflections, images and ephemera collected here offer a laboratory for probing the mystery and potential autonomy of objects, in their alliances and in performance. The book is the trace of an event-space crafted over a day of conversation in two seminars at the Shakespeare Association of America meeting in 2014 in St. Louis and offers its nineteen essays as the end to the work-cycle of the collective we crafted that day. It is a noisy collation, full of bees, bushes, laundry, crutches, lists, poems, plague vectors, planks, chairs, rain, shoes, meat, body parts, books, and assorted humans (living and dead), and also a repertoire of dance steps, ways of configuring the relations between subject and object, actors or actants (human and otherwise). It is also a book that asks readers to ponder their environs, to consider the particularities of their world, of their reading experiences, and to consider what orders of meaning we might be able to derive from attending closely to all the very many things we come into being with.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. In Lieu of a Table of Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction (An Environing of this Book)
  2. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen & Julian Yates
  3. pp. xi-xxvi
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  1. Venus's Bush(es)
  2. Lizz Angello
  3. pp. 1-8
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  1. Cordelia's Corpse: Dead as Earth
  2. Sallie Anglin
  3. pp. 9-16
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  1. Thinking with Hives
  2. Keith M. Botelho
  3. pp. 17-24
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  1. Gloucester's Chair: Object Entaglements on the Early Modern Stage
  2. Patricia A. Cahll
  3. pp. 25-34
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  1. Much Ado about Planking
  2. Christine Hoffmann
  3. pp. 35-46
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  1. Warm Bodies in Plague and Shakespeare's "Womb of Death"
  2. Neal Robert Klomp
  3. pp. 47-56
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  1. The Biology of Rain: Becoming a Distant Master in Early Modern England
  2. Tara E. Pedersen
  3. pp. 57-64
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  1. Shoe Talk and Shoe Silence
  2. Tripthi Pillai
  3. pp. 65-80
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  1. Performing Meat
  2. Karen Raber
  3. pp. 81-92
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  1. Eye and Book: Species and Spectacle
  2. Pauline Reid
  3. pp. 93-102
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  1. The Book/Body in The Duchess of Malfi
  2. Emily Rendek
  3. pp. 103-112
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  1. Crutches and Cripistemology in The Fair Maid of the Exchange
  2. Lindsey Row-Heyveld
  3. pp. 113-122
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  1. Imagining Early Modern Wish-Lists and Their Environs
  2. Debapriya Sarkar
  3. pp. 123-134
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  1. Emulsifying Greasy Desire in Shakespeare and John Taylor the Water Poet
  2. Rob Wakeman
  3. pp. 135-144
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  1. Lavinia is Philomel
  2. Jennifer Waldron
  3. pp. 145-152
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  1. The Fate of the Second Bird
  2. Luke Wilson
  3. pp. 153-166
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  1. Show and Tell
  2. Drew Daniel
  3. pp. 167-172
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  1. OOO + HHH = Zany, Interesting, and Cute
  2. Julia Reinhard Lupton
  3. pp. 173-178
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  1. Remembering Premodern Environs
  2. Vin Nardizzi
  3. pp. 179-184
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 185-192
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780692642030
MARC Record
OCLC
1181774198
Pages
218
Launched on MUSE
2020-08-02
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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