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Thingness…

‘We begin to confront the thingness of objects when they stop working for us’ (Bill Brown)

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Thing Theory and Ian McEwan’s ‘Solid Geometry’

How would Bill Brown’s Thing Theory apply to a reading of Captain Nicholls’ penis in ‘Solid Geometry’? Would it be possible to argue that this preserved penis is a thing because it is now devoid of ‘function’? Or is it impossible to ever describe a body part, so inscribed with humanity, as a ‘thing’ – a word so associated with the inanimate?