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The Resource The anxieties of idleness : idleness in eighteenth-century British literature and culture, Sarah Jordan

The anxieties of idleness : idleness in eighteenth-century British literature and culture, Sarah Jordan

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The anxieties of idleness : idleness in eighteenth-century British literature and culture
Title
The anxieties of idleness
Title remainder
idleness in eighteenth-century British literature and culture
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Jordan
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
"The Anxieties of Idleness: Idleness in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture investigates the preoccupation with idleness that haunts the British eighteenth century. Sarah Jordan argues that as Great Britain began to define itself as a nation during this period, one important quality it claimed for itself was industriousness. But this claim was undermined and complicated by, among other factors, the importance of leisure to the upholding of class status, thus making idleness a subject of intense anxiety. One result of this anxiety was an increased surveillance of the supposed idleness of marginalized and less powerful members of society: the working classes, the nonwhite races, and women." "In a widely researched and elegantly argued book, Jordan analyzes how idleness is figured in eighteenth-century literature and culture, including both traditional forms of literature and a wide variety of other cultural discourses. At the center of this account, Jordan investigates the lives and works of Johnson, Cowper, Thomson, and many other, lesser known writers. She incorporates their obsession with idleness into a new and lucid theorization of the professionalization of writing and the place of idleness and industry in the larger cultural formation that was eighteenth-century British identity."--Jacket
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
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Jordan, Sarah
Dewey number
820.9/355
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR448.U54
LC item number
J67 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Bucknell studies in eighteenth-century literature and culture
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  • English literature
  • Unemployment in literature
  • Working class
  • Working class writings, English
  • Unemployment
  • Unemployed
  • Leisure
  • Working class in literature
  • Unemployed in literature
  • Leisure in literature
  • Anxiety in literature
Label
The anxieties of idleness : idleness in eighteenth-century British literature and culture, Sarah Jordan
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 276-288) 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
Control code
51971806
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
298 pages
Isbn
9780838755235
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002026056
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The anxieties of idleness : idleness in eighteenth-century British literature and culture, Sarah Jordan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 276-288) 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
Control code
51971806
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
298 pages
Isbn
9780838755235
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002026056
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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