Living Rooms

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Johnson-Schlee, S. (2022). Living Rooms. London Peninsula Press.
AuthorsJohnson-Schlee, S.
Abstract

In this radical and elegiac essay, Sam Johnson-Schlee invites readers to consider the dreams and fantasies we have about our homes, and their underlying reality.

Living Rooms blends history, theory, and memoir as it moves between the colonial trade in house plants, Proustian reminiscence, and razor-sharp critique of rentier capitalism. Johnson-Schlee suggests that, by looking closely at the places where we live, we can confront political realities that extend out into the world.

In the way we furnish our homes, might we be unconsciously imagining a different kind of life? In the way we arrange our sofas, picture frames, and our pot plants, are we dreaming of a better world? And what would it mean to reject the notion that a house should be a commodity, and to embrace the idea of a truly living room?

KeywordsHome, Interiors, Cultural History, Memoir, non-fiction, critical theory
Year2022
PublisherPeninsula Press
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Print10 Nov 2022
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Accepted10 Oct 2022
Deposited01 Dec 2022
Place of publicationLondon
Web address (URL)https://peninsulapress.co.uk/products/living-rooms
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