Why turn a chicken nugget into a toy? If all objects hold something back from us, as scholars of object-oriented ontology have argued, then who are we to say what secrets the television or the pillow may hold?
Sarah Wasserman specializes in American literature from 1900 to today, with an emphasis on post-1945 and contemporary fiction. Her research and teaching interests include material culture studies, literary theory, urban studies, popular culture, and digital humanities. Her current book project, The Death of Things: Ephemera in America, examines representations of disappearing objects in post-war American fiction. Sarah is the co-editor of Cultures of Obsolescence: History, Materiality, and the Digital Age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Her essays and reviews have appeared in Contemporary Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, and The Journal of American Studies. Before joining the department at the University of Delaware, Sarah taught in Germany at the JFK Institute for North American Studies at the Free University Berlin. She is also the recipient of the Wayne C. Booth Prize for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Chicago.