Cultural Uses of Waste
246 Pages, 10.00in x 7.00in
- Published: August 2019
The chapters of Talking Trash reflect upon the anthropomorphic nature of urban refuse; upon the poetics and semantics of micro-litterscapes and the archives of all things discarded; upon "Dumpsterology," or the history of the garbage container as a gendered artifact dense with cultural meaning; and upon "dirty innocence," or the complex and contradictory link that ties childhood to muck.
The author also focuses on one significant non-urban scene, the desert landscape and the clothing and other items that immigrants discard as they make a desperate trek across the border.