Topic: The Fossil

W. J. T. Mitchell makes it clear that the discovery of a new kind of object in the eigh-teenth century, the fossil, enabled romanticism to recognize and to re- figure its relation to the mortal limits of the natural world. ..
"Romanticism and the Life of Things: Fossils, Totems, and Images." in Things., Edited by Bill Brown. Chicago, IL: U of Chicago P, 2004.