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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
Format: PDF, ePUB, MOBI, Audiobooks, Kindle


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.

Twentieth Century American Literature
Language: en
Pages: 668
Authors: Warren French
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1980-11-01 - Publisher: Springer

Books about Twentieth Century American Literature
Labour of Laziness in Twentieth-Century American Literature
Language: en
Pages: 296
Authors: Zuzanna Ladyga
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-04 - Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

This text 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.
Twentieth-Century American Women’s Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Guy Reynolds
Categories: American fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-01-03 - Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

Books about Twentieth-Century American Women’s Fiction
Racism and Xenophobia in Early Twentieth-Century American Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: Wisam Abughosh Chaleila
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-12-30 - Publisher: Routledge

"The Melting Pot," "The Land of The Free," "The Land of Opportunity." These tropes or nicknames apparently reflect the freedom and open-armed welcome that the United States of America offers. However, the chronicles of history do not complement that image. These historical happenings have not often been brought into the focus of Modernist literary criticism, though their existence in the record is clear. This book aims to discuss these chronicles, displaying in great detail the underpinnings and subtle references of racism and xenophobia embedded so deeply in both fictional and real personas, whether they are characters, writers, legislators, or the common people. In the main chapters, literary works are dissected so as to underline the intolerance hidden behind words of righteousness and blind trust, as if such is the norm. Though history is taught, it is not so thoroughly examined. To our misfortune, we naively think that bigoted ideas are not a thing we could become afflicted with. They are antiques from the past – yet they possessed many hundreds of people and they surround us still. Since we’ve experienced very little change, it seems discipline is necessary to truly attempt to be rid of these ideas.
The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook
Language: en
Pages: 410
Authors: Christopher MacGowan
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-02-21 - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

This student-friendly handbook provides an engaging overview of American fiction over the twentieth century, with entries on the important historical contexts and central issues, as well as the major texts and writers. Provides extensive coverage of short stories and short story writers as well as novels and novelists Discusses the cultural contexts and issues that shape the texts and their reputations Wide-ranging in scope, including science fiction and recent Native American writing Featured writers range from Henry James and Theodore Dresier to Toni Morrison, Don DeLillo, and Sherman Alexie Ideal student accompaniment to courses in Twentieth-Century American Literature or Fiction
Twentieth-Century America
Language: en
Pages: 466
Authors: Douglas Tallack
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-07-22 - Publisher: Routledge

The multi-volume Longman literature in English series aims to provide students of literature with a critical introduction to the major genres in their historical and cultural context. This book looks at cinema, painting and architecture in 20th-century America, as well as the culture of politics.
Twentieth-Century American Fiction in Circulation
Language: en
Pages: 190
Authors: Matthew James Vechinski
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-10-17 - Publisher: Routledge

Twentieth-Century American Fiction in Circulation is a study of the twentieth-century linked story collection in the United States. It emphasizes how the fictional form grew out of an established publishing model—individual stories printed in magazines, revised and expanded into single-author volumes that resemble novels—which creates multiple contexts for the reception of this literature. By acknowledging the prior appearance of stories in periodicals, the book examines textual variants and the role of editorial emendation, drawing on archival records (drafts and correspondence) whenever possible. It also considers how the pages of magazines create a context for the reception of short stories that differs significantly from that of the single-author book. The chapters explore how short stories, appearing separately then linked together, excel at representing the discontinuity of modern American life; convey the multifaceted identity of a character across episodes; mimic the qualities of oral storytelling; and illustrate struggles of belonging within and across communities. The book explains the appearance and prevalence of these narrative strategies at particular cultural moments in the evolution of the American magazine, examining a range of periodicals such as The Masses, Saturday Evening Post, Partisan Review, Esquire, and Ladies’ Home Journal. The primary linked story collections studied are Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio (1919), William Faulkner’s The Unvanquished (1938), Mary McCarthy’s The Company She Keeps (1942), John Barth’s Lost in the Funhouse (1968), and Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club (1988).
A Concise Companion to Twentieth-Century American Poetry
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Stephen Fredman
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-04-15 - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

This Concise Companion gives readers a rich sense of how thepoetry produced in the United States during the twentieth centuryis connected to the country’s intellectual life more broadly. Helps readers to fully appreciate the poetry of the period bytracing its historical and cultural contexts. Written by prominent specialists in the field. Places the poetry of the period within contexts such as: war;feminism and the female poet; poetries of immigration andmigration; communism and anti-communism; philosophy andtheory. Each chapter ranges across the entire century, comparing poetsfrom one part of the century to those of another. New syntheses make the volume of interest to scholars as wellas students and general readers.
Sohn dieses Landes
Language: de
Pages: 567
Authors: Richard Wright
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-04-15 - Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

Bigger Thomas, ein junger Schwarzer, fühlt sich gefangen in einem Leben in Armut und Perspektivlosigkeit. Sein einziges Ventil ist Gewalt. Er war bereits in der Besserungsanstalt, ein weiteres Vergehen würde für ihn Gefängnis bedeuten. Doch dann gibt der wohlhabende Mr Dalton dem jungen Mann eine Chance und stellt ihn als Chauffeur an. Als Bigger die Tochter des Hauses spätnachts und betrunken auf ihr Zimmer bringt und ihre blinde Mutter, von dem Lärm geweckt, den Raum betritt, versucht Bigger aus Angst vor falschen Verdächtigungen, das Mädchen mit einem Kissen zum Schweigen zu bringen, und erstickt sie dabei. Davon überzeugt, dass man ihm Absicht unterstellen wird, verstrickt er sich in Lügen und weitere Gewalt, bis er schließlich gefasst und des Mordes und der Vergewaltigung angeklagt wird. Das ganze Land stellt sich gegen ihn, nur der Anwalt Max kämpft um Verständnis für Biggers Taten. Der literarische Durchbruch von Richard Wright war gleichzeitig der erste Bestseller eines afroamerikanischen Autors und liegt nun zum ersten Mal in vollständiger deutscher Übersetzung vor.
The Twentieth-Century Spanish American Novel
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: Raymond Leslie Williams
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-07-21 - Publisher: University of Texas Press

Spanish American novels of the Boom period (1962-1967) attracted a world readership to Latin American literature, but Latin American writers had already been engaging in the modernist experiments of their North American and European counterparts since the turn of the twentieth century. Indeed, the desire to be "modern" is a constant preoccupation in twentieth-century Spanish American literature and thus a very useful lens through which to view the century's novels. In this pathfinding study, Raymond L. Williams offers the first complete analytical and critical overview of the Spanish American novel throughout the entire twentieth century. Using the desire to be modern as his organizing principle, he divides the century's novels into five periods and discusses the differing forms that "the modern" took in each era. For each period, Williams begins with a broad overview of many novels, literary contexts, and some cultural debates, followed by new readings of both canonical and significant non-canonical novels. A special feature of this book is its emphasis on women writers and other previously ignored and/or marginalized authors, including experimental and gay writers. Williams also clarifies the legacy of the Boom, the Postboom, and the Postmodern as he introduces new writers and new novelistic trends of the 1990s.
Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth-Century British and American Literature
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Lawrence Normand, Alison Winch
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-10-24 - Publisher: A&C Black

Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth-Century British and American Literature explores the ways in which 20th-century literature has been influenced by Buddhism, and has been, in turn, a major factor in bringing about Buddhism's increasing spread and influence in the West. Focussing on Britain and the United States, Buddhism's influence on a range of key literary texts will be examined in the context of those societies' evolving modernity. Writers discussed include T. S. Eliot, Hermann Hesse, Virginia Woolf, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, J. D. Salinger, Iris Murdoch, Maxine Hong Kingston. This book brings together for the first time a series of context-rich interpretations that demonstrate the importance of literature in this ongoing cultural change in Britain and the United States.
The Metanarrative of Suspicion in Late Twentieth Century America
Language: en
Pages: 176
Authors: Sandra Baringer
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004 - Publisher: Psychology Press

Narratives of suspicion and mistrust have escaped the boundaries of specific sites of discourse to constitue a metanarrative that pervades American culture. Through close reading of texts ranging from novels (Pynchon's Vineland, Silko's Almanac of the Dead, Pierce's The Turner Diaries) to prison literature, this book examines the ways in which narratives of suspicion are both constitutive--and symptomatic--of a metanarrative that pervades American culture.