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Obsolete Objects in the Literary Imagination Ruins, Relics, Rarities, Rubbish, Uninhabited Places, and Hidden Treasures von Orlando, Francesco (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 01.10.2008
  • Verlag: Yale University Press
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Obsolete Objects in the Literary Imagination

Translated here into English for the first time is a monumental work of literary history and criticism comparable in scope and achievement to Eric Auerbachs Mimesis. Italian critic Francesco Orlando explores Western literatures obsession with outmoded and nonfunctional objects (ruins, obsolete machinery, broken things, trash, etc.). Combining the insights of psychoanalysis and literary-political history, Orlando traces this obsession to a turning point in history, at the end of eighteenth-century industrialization, when the functional becomes the dominant value of Western culture.Roaming through every genre and much of the history of Western literature, the author identifies distinct categories into which obsolete images can be classified and provides myriad examples. The function of literature, he concludes, is to remind us of what we have lost and what we are losing as we rush toward the future.

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    Format: PDF
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Erscheinungsdatum: 01.10.2008
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780300138214
    Verlag: Yale University Press
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