John Plotz, 2001–2002 | National Humanities Center

John Plotz (NHC Fellow, 2001–02)

Project Title

Portable Properties: The Circulation of Objects in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Johns Hopkins University

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2001–02

John Plotz completed one chapter and drafted three others for his book, Portable Properties: Objects, Persons and Culture on the Move in Victorian Greater Britain. He also drafted an article on Hannah Arendt, "Stories Without Authors and Thought Without Theory: Representative Thinking and Aesthetic Judgment in Hannah Arendt," and one on the pathetic fallacy in Wordsworth and Kipling, "Should Poems Have Standing? Literary Property's Rights in Wordsworth and Kipling." He revised a chapter on "One-Way Traffic: George Lamming and the Portable Empire," that is forthcoming in After the Imperial Turn (Duke University Press, 2003) and an article entitled "Virtually Being There: Edmund Wilson's Suburbs" that appeared in Southwest Review (summer 2002). He also wrote several book reviews.