A fascinating analysis of the ways in which everyday objects are narrated to animate or realize certain versions of the world.
Susan Stewart, Professor of English at Temple University, is the author of Crimes of Writing: Problems in the Containment of Representation and Nonsense: Aspects of Intertextuality in Folklore and Literature.
"Stewart's work provides an oasis in contemporary criticism, a
place where theory and poetry, systematic reflection and the
essayistic plunge into particular cases, come together in a
refreshing synthesis."-W. J. T. Mitchell
"The historical richness, psychological insight and sociological subtlety of the analyses Stewart develops in On Longing are exemplary for cultural studies."-Barbara Herrnstein Smith