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    Gray’s ode and Walpole’s China tub: the order of the book and the paper lives of an object

    Calè, Luisa (2011) Gray’s ode and Walpole’s China tub: the order of the book and the paper lives of an object. Eighteenth-Century Studies 45 (1), pp. 105-125. ISSN 0013-2586.

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    This essay tracks the inscriptions and disseminations of Thomas Gray’s “Ode on the Death of A Favourite Cat drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes” and of Horace Walpole’s china tub. An incongruous element of chinoiserie in the Gothic fabric of Strawberry Hill, the tub marks the intersections between the orders of the collection, the house, and the book. Building on Michel Foucault’s analysis of the orders of things and the unities of discourse, this essay follows the paper-trail of the object and the poem through their inscription and extra-illustration in books that prove unstable repositories in a dynamic order of collecting.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Luisa Cale
    Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 12:32
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:31


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