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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books; 10 edition (May 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822313669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822313663
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

About the Author

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.


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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "frenchdisco" on November 22, 2001
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This wonderful work has been indispensible in my research into collections and souvenirs. Stewart's ability to look at the long history of visual culture and bring in such disparate elements as Pop art and miniature manuscripts makes for a thoughtful and reasoned argument. Particularly notable is her need to cross barriers of medium, writing on everything from children's stories to painting to Tom Thumb weddings. An engaging read that rarely falls victim to theoretical rhetoric. The world needs more writers like Stewart who take their time, slowly unfolding their argument, surveying all aspects of culture, giving high and low culture equal weight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nina Garfinkel on February 8, 2014
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Extremely dry and academic discussion of the subject matter. Not without interesting discussion, observation and conclusions however not for a general readership. Geared towards those interested in French cultural theory and literary criticism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By art lover on October 11, 2013
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Very interesting book, but very dense reading. Brush up on your Derrida before tackling this book. But very much worth the effort.
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2001
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I might add to the previous review, that this book is also of great interest for those that are interested in the study of objects and collections. Objects in this text are analysed in the miniature and the gigantic revealing their symbolic meanings and values. the analysis on the collection and the souvenir are also fantastic. Being a poet Stewart's book is a pleasure to read.
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