• Against Reference: On Reading Objects in Éilís Ní Dhuibhne's The Bray House

    Author(s):
    Jesse Bordwin (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    20th-century Irish literature, Global anglophone literature, New materialism, Object-oriented ontology, Thing theory
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/h1fp-dn94
    Abstract:
    Editor's note: The interdisciplinary movement known as the material turn underpins Dr. Jesse Bordwin’s examination of Éilis Ní Dhuibne’s 1990 novel The Bray House. The very premise of the novel lends it to such analysis: The Bray House is ostensibly an account of a future archaeological excavation of a twentieth-century Irish home after nuclear devastation. But, like all futurist fiction, the novel is really about the present. As the archaeologists examine objects abstracted from their lived context, they begin with the assumption that objects are informative and that they can be classified and fully explained. Object-oriented literary criticism, Bordwin shows, helps us to counter that impulse to simplify, for it moves us away from thinking that literary objects have a one-to-one relationship with material reality.
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