The Lives of Objects

Material Culture, Experience, and the Real in the History of Early Christianity

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Maia Kotrosits
  • Chicago: 
    University of Chicago Press
    , September
     2020.
     232 pages.
     $30.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780226707587.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Anthony Royle forthcoming.

Description

Our lives are filled with objects—ones that we carry with us, that define our homes, that serve practical purposes, and that hold sentimental value. When they are broken, lost, left behind, or removed from their context, they can feel alien, take on a different use, or become trash. The lives of objects change when our relationships to them change.

Maia Kotrosits offers a fresh perspective on objects, looking beyond physical material to consider how collective imagination shapes the formation of objects and the experience of reality. Bringing a psychoanalytic approach to the analysis of material culture, she examines objects of attachment—relationships, ideas, and beliefs that live on in the psyche—and illustrates how people across time have anchored value systems to the materiality of life. Engaging with classical studies, history, anthropology, and literary, gender, and queer studies, Kotrosits shows how these disciplines address historical knowledge and how an expanded definition of materiality can help us make connections between antiquity and the contemporary world.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Maia Kotrosits is assistant professor of religion at Denison University and author of Rethinking Early Christian Identity: Affect, Violence, and Belonging.

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