Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.
It's happening all the time, all around us. We cover it up. We ignore it. Rust takes on the many meanings of this oxidized substance, showing how technology bleeds into biology and ecology. Jean-Michel Rabate' combines art, science, and autobiography to share his fascination with peeling paints and rusty metal sheets. Rust, he
concludes, is a place where things living, built, and remembered commingle.
Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.
Jean-Michel Rabate is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, senior curator of Slought Foundation, one of the editors of the Journal of Modern Literature, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has authored or edited forty books and collections on modernism, psychoanalysis, philosophy and aesthetics.
Introduction 1. How to Live with Global Rust 2. Hegel and Ruskin, from the Inorganic to the Organic 3. Interlude: Blood-work 4. Rats and Jackals, Kafka after von Hofmannsthal 5. Aesthetics of Rust Conclusion: Fougeres to Marseilles: Green Rust or Edible Rouille? Acknowledgments Notes Index