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Master of Science (MS)
Lynne S. McNeill
Jeannie B. Thomas
This thesis considers, from a folklorist’s perspective, the people in Western society who believe that everyday objects have feelings. It establishes these people as a cohesive group for study, referred to as “people to experience the belief in object sentience,” then analyzes their personal accounts of the experience to find both commonalities and differences. From this analysis and discussion of folkloristic perspectives on belief, the main argument is established: people in this group have generally been marginalized and could benefit from a more careful consideration of their beliefs.
Mathews-Pett, Amelia, ""Full On Toy Story": Exploring the Belief in Object Sentience in Western Culture" (2018). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 7085.
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