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Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1. The Auto-Icon, or: What a Secularist Relic Says about Modern Dematerializations
Chapter 2. Towards a Methodology of the Concrete

Part II: Fetish and the Fear of Matter

Chapter 3. The Spirit of Matter: On Fetish, Rarity, Fact and Fancy
Chapter 4. The Modern Fear of Matter: Reflections on the Protestantism of Victorian Science

Part III: Do Catholics See Things Differently?

Chapter 5. Trophy and Wonder, or: Bodies at the Exhibition
Chapter 6. Africa Christo! The Materiality of Photographs in Dutch Catholic Mission Propaganda, 1946-1960
Chapter 7. “I am Black, but Comely”: Mission, Modernity and the Power of Objects in the Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal
Chapter 8. Conclusion: The Powers of Miming “Africa”

Part IV: The Time of Things

Chapter 9. Things in Time: Commodity Fetishism before Advertising
Chapter 10. False Consciousness? The Rise of Advertising

In Lieu of a Conclusion: The Future of Things


The Spirit of Matter

Modernity, Religion, and the Power of Objects

Peter Pels

387 pages, 21 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-014-5 Hb Published (July 2023)

eISBN 978-1-80539-015-2 eBook