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Labour of Laziness in Twentieth Century American Literature

by Ladyga Zuzanna Ladyga
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Release Date: 2019-07-04
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 176 pages
ISBN 13: 0877882487
ISBN 10: 9780877882480
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Synopsis : Labour of Laziness in Twentieth Century American Literature written by Ladyga Zuzanna Ladyga, published by Edinburgh University Press which was released on 2019-07-04. Download Labour of Laziness in Twentieth Century American Literature Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. In this way, Chapter 1 develops the theoretical framework for the subsequent chapters, which focus on literary experiments with the figure of laziness undertaken by twentieth-century American writers. The literary dimension of The ... -- Analyses the theme of laziness in twentieth-century American LiteratureUncovers the ethical dimension of the writing of Stein, Hemingway, Barth, Barthelme and Wallace by situating them in the context of the 20th century non-normative ethical and aesthetic traditionShows how the Romantic interest in laziness plays out through the modernist and postmodernist moments in 20th century American literatureOffers an innovative model of ethical reading based on the concept of unproductivity as an alternative to the dominant post-Romantic trends in the field of ethical criticismPresents the first comprehensive study of laziness as a theoretical concept, which draws on a range of religious and philosophical references points, spanning John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, Theodor Adorno, Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben and Catherine MalabouThe Labour of Laziness in Twentieth-Century American Literature focuses on the issue of productivity, using the figure of laziness to negotiate the relation between the ethical and the aesthetic. This book argues that major twentieth-century American writers such as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, John Barth, Donald Barthelme and David Foster Wallace provocatively challenge the ethos of productivity by filtering their ethical interventions through culturally stigmatised imagery of laziness. Ladyga argues that when the motif of laziness appears, it invariably reveals the underpinnings of an emerging value system at a given historical moment, while at the same time offering a glimpse into the strategies of rebelling against the status quo.

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