David Trotter: Good Fetishism, 20 November 2003
Show More A Sense of Things: The Object Matter of American Literature by Bill Brown.
Chicago, 245 pp., £22.50, April 2003, 0 226 07628 8Show More
“... When Robinson Crusoe tries to convey what it felt like to be the sole survivor of a shipwreck, he finds himself at almost as much of a loss now, in the telling, as he was then, gloomily pacing the shoreline of an uncharted and to all appearances inhospitable island; until, that is, objects come to his rescue. He cannot describe the ‘thousand gestures and motions’ he made, in his moment of crisis, without any hope of a response ...”