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The Resource Working fictions : a genealogy of the Victorian novel, Carolyn Lesjak

Working fictions : a genealogy of the Victorian novel, Carolyn Lesjak

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Working fictions : a genealogy of the Victorian novel
Title
Working fictions
Title remainder
a genealogy of the Victorian novel
Statement of responsibility
Carolyn Lesjak
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Working Fictions takes as its point of departure the common and painful truth that the vast majority of human beings toil for a wage and rarely for their own enjoyment or satisfaction. In this striking reconceptualization of Victorian literary history, Carolyn Lesjak interrogates the relationship between labor and pleasure, two concepts that were central to the Victorian imagination and the literary output of the era. Through the creation of a new genealogy of the "labor novel," Lesjak challenges the prevailing assumption about the portrayal of work in Victorian fiction, namely that it disappears with the fall from prominence of the industrial novel. She proposes that the "problematic of labor" persists throughout the nineteenth century and continues to animate texts as diverse as Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton, George Eliot's Felix Holt and Daniel Deronda, Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, and the essays and literary work of William Morris and Oscar Wilde. Lesjak demonstrates how the ideological work of the literature of the Victorian era, the "golden age of the novel," revolved around separating the domains of labor and pleasure and emphasizing the latter as the proper realm of literary representation. She reveals how the utopian works of Morris and Wilde grapple with this divide and attempt to imagine new relationships between work and pleasure, relationships that might enable a future in which work is not the antithesis of pleasure. In Working Fictions, Lesjak argues for the contemporary relevance of the "labor novel," suggesting that within its pages lie resources with which to confront the gulf between work and pleasure that continues to characterize our world today."--Publisher's website
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Cataloging source
DLC
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1963-
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Lesjak, Carolyn
Dewey number
823/.009355
Index
index present
LC call number
PR871
LC item number
.L47 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Post-contemporary interventions
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English fiction
  • Authors, English
  • Working class in literature
  • Work in literature
  • Pleasure in literature
  • Social conflict in literature
  • Economics in literature
  • Capitalism in literature
  • Industrialization in literature
Label
Working fictions : a genealogy of the Victorian novel, Carolyn Lesjak
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [251]-261) 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
  • Part I: Realism meets the masses
  • "How deep might be the romance": representing work and the working class in Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton
  • A modern odyssey: Felix Holt's education for the masses
  • Part II: Coming of age in a world economy
  • Seeing the invisible: the Bildungsroman and the narration of a new regime of accumulation
  • Part III: Itineraries of the Utopian
  • William Morris and a people's art: reimagining the pleasures of labor
  • Utopia, use, and the everyday: Oscar Wilde and a new economy of pleasure
Control code
65819869
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 270 pages
Isbn
9780822338352
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006010447
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
  • 9780822338352
  • 9780822338888
System control number
(OCoLC)65819869
Label
Working fictions : a genealogy of the Victorian novel, Carolyn Lesjak
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [251]-261) 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
  • Part I: Realism meets the masses
  • "How deep might be the romance": representing work and the working class in Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton
  • A modern odyssey: Felix Holt's education for the masses
  • Part II: Coming of age in a world economy
  • Seeing the invisible: the Bildungsroman and the narration of a new regime of accumulation
  • Part III: Itineraries of the Utopian
  • William Morris and a people's art: reimagining the pleasures of labor
  • Utopia, use, and the everyday: Oscar Wilde and a new economy of pleasure
Control code
65819869
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 270 pages
Isbn
9780822338352
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006010447
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
  • 9780822338352
  • 9780822338888
System control number
(OCoLC)65819869

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