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Bloomsbury Academic USA
08 March 2018
Philosophy: aesthetics; Material culture
Series: Object Lessons
Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

You can't think about travel without thinking about luggage. And baggage has baggage. Susan Harlan takes readers on a journey with the suitcases that support, accessorize, and accompany our lives. Along the way, she shows how the materials of travel - the carry-ons, totes, trunks, and train cases of the past and present - have stories to tell about displacement, home, gender, class, consumption, and labor.

Luggage considers bags as carefully curated microcosms of our domestic and professional selves, charting the evolution of travel across literature, film, and art. A simple suitcase, it turns out, contains more than you might think.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.
By:   Professor Susan Harlan (Wake Forest University USA)
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic USA
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 165mm,  Width: 121mm, 
Weight:   147g
ISBN:   9781501329296
ISBN 10:   1501329294
Series:   Object Lessons
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   08 March 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Susan Harlan is Associate Professor of English at Wake Forest University, USA. She is the author of Memories of War in Early Modern England (2016). Her writing has appeared in publications including the Guardian, the Awl, the Bitter Southerner, Jezebel, and Atlas Obscura.

Reviews for Luggage

In this short, delicious little extended essay, author Susan Harlan takes a closer look at our luggage, why we have it, why we use it as we do ... Brisk writing threads pensive musings about our luggage with the author's use of her own on one of her many business trips. What we choose to take, which bags and what to pack, their shape and size and appearance and more, all have a lot to say about who we are. Who knew a few bags could have such deep psychological implications? Five stars. * San Francisco Book Review * Susan Harlan writes with empathy and erudition about the things we lug, haul, pack, and leave behind. This little book - compact enough to throw in your carry-on for your next flight - is edifying and entertaining in equal measures. I loved it. * Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking With Men * For those of us who travel for a living, luggage is all things in one: tool, companion, talisman. I think about luggage a lot. Probably too much. But I've never read anything that - forgive me here - unpacks the history and meaning of luggage with the same depth and verve as Susan Harlan does. From Shakespeare's Henry V to an oddly compelling contemporary visit to Alabama's Unclaimed Baggage Center, this slim volume is worth the journey. * Nathan Thornburgh, Co-founder of Roads & Kingdoms *

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