Can the Sofa Speak? A Look at Thing Theory

  title={Can the Sofa Speak? A Look at Thing Theory},
  author={John Plotz},
It used to be that "living things" were mainly found in eighteenth-century speaking-object narratives. Scholars interested in talkative objects might have stretched a point to include late-nineteenth-century "commodity fetishes" and horror films. No longer. What is coming to be called "thing theory" urges us to take our account of "things that talk" as far back as Hieronymous Bosch monsters (in Joseph Koerner's persuasive "Bosch's Equipment"), and as far afield as Rorschach blots and the… CONTINUE READING