Annual Report 2002 - Cornell University
004 Selected Books by Faculty

05 Laura S. Brown, English

Fables of Modernity: Literature and Culture in the English Eighteenth Century (Cornell University Press, 2001). Brown brings forward the concept of cultural fable. She shows how cultural fables emerge from material practices in eighteenth-century England. Recurring themes that are ascribed to a specific aspect of material culture, such as urban sanitation, shipping, the commercial printing industry, or the stock market, help to demystify history and culture. The fables provide a way of analyzing modernity and connecting it with two related paradigms of difference—the woman and the "native" (non-European).

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