This is worth a look. It’s Timothy Morton on his conversion to object-orientated ontology. This bit is worth reading:
I’m an English Prof. who was trained at the height of New Historicism, which meant that you had to run to the library every couple of hours to read a few hundred more books and pamphlets. It felt like being a dwarf in the mines of Moria. The object of the exercise if you’re a historian is to get a big grant, go to some mine (library) that no one looks at very much, and find some unknown stuff, then bring it back and show everyone your jewels. It’s kind of lonely–ironically, because history is supposed to be about society and all.
I think that’s where I am. But I actually quite like it at the moment, and New Historicism has been one of the literatures I’ve been looking at to make sense of where I am.