On the threshold between living and inert matter, the statues and automata crowding Umberto Eco’s « Travels in Hyperreality » embody the autonomy of objects. Immersed in hyperreality, Eco explores exclusively locations saturated with objects, thus suggesting that postmodernity belongs to them rather than to us. The focus shifts from the subject to the object. The overload of artefacts, copies and simulacra encountered by the traveller sparks the disintegration in his mind of the threshold between fake and authentic worlds. The statues act as a bridge carrying him across this divide. This article reads Eco’s work in the light of object-oriented ontology and analyses the statues as they exceed their boundaries and evolve from subjecthood to objecthood.
|Translated title of the contribution||Crossing the Line between Objects and Subjects: The Statues as Liminal Figures in Umberto Eco's “Travels in Hyperreality”|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|MoE publication type||D1 Article in a trade journal|
Fields of Science
- 6122 Literature studies
- threshold – hybridity – automata – statue – simulacra – hyperreality – object-oriented ontology