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The Resource Making waste : leftovers and the eighteenth-century imagination, Sophie Gee

Making waste : leftovers and the eighteenth-century imagination, Sophie Gee

Label
Making waste : leftovers and the eighteenth-century imagination
Title
Making waste
Title remainder
leftovers and the eighteenth-century imagination
Statement of responsibility
Sophie Gee
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Why was eighteenth-century English culture so fascinated with the things its society discarded? Why did Restoration and Augustan writers such as Milton, Dryden, Swift, and Pope describe, catalog, and memorialize the waste matter that their social and political worlds wanted to get rid of - from the theological dregs in Paradise Lost to the excrements in "The Lady's Dressing Room" and the corpses of A Journal of the Plague Year? In Making Waste, the first book about refuse and its place in Enlightenment literature and culture, Sophie Gee examines the meaning of waste at the moment when the early modern world was turning modern." "Gee explains how English writers used contemporary theological and philosophical texts about unwanted and leftover matter to explore secular, literary relationships between waste and value. She finds that, in the eighteenth century, waste was as culturally valuable as it was practically worthless - and that waste paradoxically revealed the things that the culture cherished most." "The surprising central insight of Making Waste is that the creation of value always generates waste. Waste is therefore a sign - though a perverse one - that value and meaning have been made. Even when it appears to symbolize civic, economic, and political failure, waste is in fact restorative, a sign of cultural invigoration and imaginative abundance. Challenging the conventional association of Enlightenment culture with political and social improvement, and scientific and commercial progress, Making Waste has important insights for cultural and intellectual history as well as literary studies."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
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1974-
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Gee, Sophie
Dewey number
820.9/3553
Index
index present
LC call number
PR448.W37
LC item number
G44 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English literature
  • Waste (Economics) in literature
  • Literature and society
  • Refuse and refuse disposal in literature
  • Consumption (Economics) in literature
  • Great Britain
Label
Making waste : leftovers and the eighteenth-century imagination, Sophie Gee
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Making waste -- The invention of the wasteland : civic narrative and Dryden's Annus mirabilis -- Wastelands, Paradise lost, and popular polemic at the restoration -- Milton's Chaos in Pope's London : material philosophy and the book trade -- The man on the dump : Swift, Ireland, and the problem of waste -- Holding on to the corpse : fleshly remains in A journal of the plague year -- Mr. Spectator's Tears and Sophia Western's Muff
Control code
320802674
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 196 pages
Isbn
9780691139845
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009032667
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)320802674
Label
Making waste : leftovers and the eighteenth-century imagination, Sophie Gee
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Making waste -- The invention of the wasteland : civic narrative and Dryden's Annus mirabilis -- Wastelands, Paradise lost, and popular polemic at the restoration -- Milton's Chaos in Pope's London : material philosophy and the book trade -- The man on the dump : Swift, Ireland, and the problem of waste -- Holding on to the corpse : fleshly remains in A journal of the plague year -- Mr. Spectator's Tears and Sophia Western's Muff
Control code
320802674
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 196 pages
Isbn
9780691139845
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009032667
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)320802674

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