What is dust made of? - Michael Marder
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Joseph Amato’s Dust: A History of the Small & the Invisible (2000) documents, among other things, how dust became a problem of public health and hygiene starting with the nineteenth-century’s Great Cleanup.
Carolyn Steedman’s Dust: The Archive and Cultural History (2002) looks into the materiality of the archive and the work of historians who have been frequently susceptible to dust-provoked illnesses.
In Dust (Object Lessons) (2016), Michael Marder examines dust from a philosophical and literary point of view in an attempt to ascertain what we can learn about the world and ourselves from dust.
His other fragmentary reflections on the theme can be found here and here. His website with further materials and resources to explore is accessible here.
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