Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things

Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things

by Steven Connor


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"Ingenious, whimsical, imaginative and entertaining, this is a magical little book."—The Times

In this highly imaginative exploration of our relationship with everyday things, Steven Connor looks at those items which, though mundane, have a magical quality—the things which have an often surprising power to absorb, disturb, seduce, and soothe.

With chapters on everything from keys to handkerchiefs, and sweets to spectacles, Connor embarks upon a historical, philosophical, and linguistic journey to reconnect with the curious and quirky things with which we have a forgotten intimacy.

Steven Connor is professor of modern literature and theory at Birkbek College, London.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846682704
Publisher: Profile Books Limited
Publication date: 12/04/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Steven Connor is professor of modern literature and theory at Birkbeck College, London. He is also academic director of the London Consortium inter-disciplinary graduate programme in humanities and cultural studies. He is the author of several academic books.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Speaking of Objects 1

1 Bags 14

2 Batteries 23

3 Buttons 36

4 Cards 47

5 Combs 63

6 Glasses 78

7 Handkerchiefs 90

8 Keys 99

9 Knots 110

10 Newspaper 119

11 Pills 131

12 Pins 139

13 Pipes 150

14 Plugs 161

15 Rubber Bands 171

16 Sticky Tape 188

17 Sweets 198

18 Wires 206

Notes 218

Index 241

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