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Publication date1/02/2020
Host publicationAnticipatory Materialisms in Literature and Philosophy, 1790-1930
EditorsJo Carruthers, Nour Dakkak, Rebecca Spence
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages1-19
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783030298173
ISBN (Print)9783030298166
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The introduction outlines the broad aim of the book: to draw attention to the debates about matter’s agency and force taking place within the literature of the Romantic, Victorian and Modern periods that are at risk of being overwritten by the claim to newness in the recent turn to materiality. By familiarising the reader with some key terms and concepts in new materialist theory that align with the purposes of the collection, the introduction is also intended to provide a concise and helpful overview to the trajectory of new materialist thought. The introduction goes on to provide chapter summaries, drawing connections between the individual chapters that indicate where literary studies and materialisms are finding their most critically productive junctures.