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Paraphernalia Professor Steven Connor

Paraphernalia By Professor Steven Connor

Paraphernalia by Professor Steven Connor


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Summary

Why do most women carry handbags, while men rely on pockets? Why do so many houses have bags of bags? And why do we 'let the cat out the bag' or 'give someone the sack'? This title embarks on a historical, philosophical and linguistic journey that explores our relationships with the curious things with which we have a forgotten but daily intimacy.

Paraphernalia Summary

Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things by Professor Steven Connor

From keys and handkerchiefs to sweets and rubber bands, the curious objects we surround ourselves with, though often seemingly mundane, have a magical quality. Their surprising power to disturb, soothe, seduce or absorb give these quirky objects histories and meanings we rarely ponder. Yet we would be lost without them. Take bags, for example. Why do most women carry handbags, while men rely on pockets? Why do so many houses have bags of bags? And why do we 'let the cat out the bag' or 'give someone the sack'? What significance do our bags hold for us? In this highly imaginative and entertaining book, Steven Connor embarks on a historical, philosophical and linguistic journey that explores our relationships with the curious things with which we have a forgotten but daily intimacy.

Paraphernalia Reviews

Steven Connor is among the most eloquent and original cultural critics at work today. * Daily Telegraph *
Urbane, witty and seductive... challenging and often enchanting -- Michael Bywater * Independent *
Ingenious, whimsical, imaginative and entertaining, this is a magical little book; a pleasurable and fidgetable stimulus to the mind. -- Iain Finlayson * The Times *
Connor has a nimble wit and fresh eye -- Stuart Kelly * Scotland on Sunday *
A critic and essayist of exceptional tact and daring... a writer who can seemingly conjure the profoundest insights out of the most minute or mundane topics... fascinating... witty and charming. -- Brian Dillon * Guardian *
Recommended... Readers will enjoy Connor on the "eroticism of rubber", the fascination of pop-smoking, the joy of fidgeting and the relationship between spectacles and the existential drama of "self-invention". * New Statesman *

About Professor Steven Connor

Steven Connor is Grace 2 Professor of English at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of several academic books (on subjects ranging from the English novel to ventriloquism) and contributes regularly to print media and radio. This is his first general book. Profile published the hardback in 2011 [9781846682704].

Additional information

GOR005188540
9781846682711
1846682711
Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things by Professor Steven Connor
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Profile Books Ltd
2013-08-15
256
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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