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. She is associate professor of English and associate director of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware. She is the author of The Death of Things: Ephemera and the American Novel (U Minnesota Press, 2020) and co-editor of Modelwork: The Material Culture of Making and Knowing (U Minnesota Press, 2021) and Cultures of Obsolescence (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015). Her essays appear in PMLA, Post45, ASAP, Contemporary Literature, Lit Compass, American Literary History, as well as Public Books and The Los Angeles Review of Books.