Naturalism's Toxic Objects

Stephanie Foote

West Virginia University

Stephanie Foote is Jackson and Nichols Professor of English at West Virginia University. She is the author of Regional Fictions: Culture and Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2001) and The Parvenu’s Plot: Gender, Culture, and Class in the Age of Realism (2014), co-editor of Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice (2012), and co-founder and editor of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. Her articles have appeared in American Literature, American Literary History, The Henry James Review, College Literature, Pedagogy, J19, and PMLA. She is working on The Art of Things, a project about waste and literature.


The characters in Frank Norris’s McTeague live in toxic relationships, houses, and neighborhoods. They work with poisonous materials that damage their bodies. They lose, sell, and steal their possessions, and with them... [ view full abstract ]


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P76 » Intoxicating Climates (14:00 - Saturday, 24th March, Fiesta III-IV)

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